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New and Renovated Schools for Ontario Students

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New and Renovated Schools for Ontario Students

Province Investing in Better Schools for Improved Learning

Ministry of Education

Ontario is continuing to invest in building and renovating schools to provide children with the best possible learning environments.

The following 10 new capital projects - including six new schools builds, three school renovations and one addition - will give students modern and improved places to learn while creating local construction jobs:

New elementary schools in:

  • Vaughan - to adapt to growth in the area, helping to accommodate 615 students.
  • Severn - as a result of the consolidation of two schools, a new school will accommodate 317 students.
  • East Gwillimbury - to replace an existing school, meet growth and full-day kindergarten needs - accommodating 461 students.
  • Collingwood - for 176 French-language students.
  • Ottawa - to meet growth and full-day kindergarten needs - accommodating 412 students.

As a result of the consolidation of two schools, a new secondary school in Fort Erie will be built to help accommodate 750 students in the area.

Renovations and additions to the following schools:

  • An additional four classrooms to École Élémentaire Catholique Sainte-Marie to meet growth in Chatham.
  • Consolidation of two elementary schools into W.F. Herman Secondary School in Windsor. This will help accommodate 1,395 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • Renovation to Wallaceburg District Secondary School to support the consolidation of Grades 7 and 8 in Chatham.
  • Additional five classrooms and retrofit to Coronation Public School in Brantford to accommodate the students of Fairview Public School.

Giving students the best possible environment in which to learn is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • The province will be investing almost $80 million for the construction of these 10 projects.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested $12 billion in school infrastructure, including nearly 660 new schools and more than 625 additions and renovations.
  • In March 2014, the province announced more than $700 million in school board capital projects through the 2013-14 capital priorities program.
  • Eighty-three per cent of students graduated high school in 2012-13, up from 68 per cent in 2003-04.
  • About 138,000 more students have graduated over the past 10 years than would have if the graduation rate remained at the 2003-04 level.

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“Our continued investments in new school buildings and renovations will provide students with modern and improved spaces to learn. We know that when students have better schools they will be able to better focus on their learning and thrive.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education

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