Stronger Schools for Ontario Students
McGuinty Government Building Better Places to Learn and Succeed
Ontario's students are heading back to school in even better places to learn and succeed.
This school year, more than 52 new schools are expected to open and over 100 other major additions and renovations are planned across the province. Since 2003, the McGuinty government has supported more than 27,000 renewal projects with 570 new schools completed or under construction. These projects are providing students with modern learning spaces that will help them focus on their education while supporting the continued rollout of full-day kindergarten.
Nearly half of Ontario's four- and five-year-olds will be in full-day kindergarten, a program that's in 1,700 schools this year and will be available in all schools by September 2014.
Investing in stronger schools is part of the McGuinty government's plan to help more students graduate, get jobs or move on to an apprenticeship, college or university. The McGuinty government remains committed to protecting the gains made in education since 2003, including continuing to roll out full-day kindergarten, maintaining smaller class sizes and preserving 20,000 teacher and support staff jobs to ensure every student succeeds.
- Ontario's schools will be safer, more accepting and inclusive places to learn this year thanks to the passage of the Accepting Schools Act - giving all students the support they need to grow and reach their full potential.
- Improving Ontario's education infrastructure has created or preserved about 16,000 jobs, on average, every year.
- An international study "How the world's most improved school systems keep getting better" ranks Ontario's education system as one of the best in the world.
- An ongoing study by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto is finding that full-day kindergarten students do better than their peers in reading, writing, numbers and fine motor skills.
- The Putting Students First Act was introduced to protect the gains made in education.
“Parents and students expect their schools to be safe and welcoming environments that help them succeed. New schools, additions and renovations create positive spaces to learn, and help our students reach their full potential.”