Simcoe Region Schools Benefit from Repairs and Upgrades
Updates Include New Roofs, Lighting, Heating and Cooling Systems
Students across the Simcoe Region will start the school year with better buildings for better learning as a result of extensive repair and renewal work over the summer.
In June, Ontario announced an additional $18 million for the Simcoe region to repair and renew schools. This brings the province's total investment to nearly $54 million over the next two years to improve local school conditions and ensure that they continue to be safe and modern places for students to learn.
Throughout the summer, the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board have been hard at work turning the province's investment into better schools for local students. As a result, a number of improvements have been completed or are well underway, including:
- New windows, an Autism Spectrum Disorder classroom, and a parking lot expansion at Barrie North Collegiate Institute
- New paving and asphalt at Willow Landing Elementary School
- Improved HVAC system at Eastview Secondary School
- New roofing at Holy Trinity Catholic High School
- New roofing at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School
- Improved HVAC system at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic School
- And many more projects across the region.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history - about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that are helping to keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
Investing in better schools for better learning is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Overall, the province is investing an additional $1.1 billion in school repair and renewal across the province over the next two years. This builds on $1.6 billion in existing funding over the next two school years, for a total investment of $2.7 billion.
- To support transparency in this historic investment, the government released detailed information regarding the condition and renewal needs of each of Ontario’s publicly funded schools.
- The additional $1.1 billion in repair and renewal funding addresses the Auditor General of Ontario’s recommendations in 2015 to increase investment in school renewal to 2.5 per cent of schools’ replacement value and to direct two-thirds of infrastructure investment in schools to renewal over new construction.
- Since 2003, the province has invested more than $14 billion in school infrastructure, including building nearly 760 new schools and more than 735 additions and renovations across Ontario.
- The province is providing school boards with more than $12 billion over 10 years to help build new schools in areas of high growth, improve the condition of existing schools and invest in projects to reduce surplus space through school consolidations.
“Our government continues to support local students by improving schools and promoting student achievement and well-being. Investing in repair and renewal is essential to deliver on our promise of a world-class publicly funded education system for every student in Ontario. It also boosts our local economy.”
“Every student deserves a safe, modern and healthy learning environment, because better buildings mean better student achievement and well-being. That is why our government made such a historic investment in repair and renewal, and why local school boards have worked so hard over the summer to turn our investment into results for students.”