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New and Improved Schools in Eastern Ontario

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New and Improved Schools in Eastern Ontario

Province Supporting Students with Better Learning Spaces

Ministry of Education

Ontario is building two new high-quality modern schools and renovating existing schools to better support student achievement and well-being in Eastern Ontario.

The new projects include:


  • A new elementary school for 647 students in Eastern Peterborough to consolidate students currently attending King George Public School and Armour Heights Public School.

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  • A new Catholic elementary school for 423 students. 


  • Moving six relocatable classroom modules from École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury to École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph to relieve accommodation pressure.


  • Renovating and retrofitting space at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Elementary School in Whitney to accommodate 26 elementary students from Whitney Public School.

Across the province, Ontario is building 28 new schools and expanding and renovating 23 existing ones. This investment will ensure more students are benefitting from state-of-the-art learning facilities that can deliver a full range of programming.

Investing in better buildings for better learning is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing more than $25 million in these new and improved schools in Eastern Ontario.
  • Since 2013, the province has provided more than $2.5 billion in capital funding for school boards to support 155 new schools and 156 additions and renovations.
  • The province is investing $2.7 billion over two years to support school repair and renewal. This funding is estimated to benefit more than 2,100 schools that have repair and renewal projects valued at $100,000 or more.
  • Ontario is providing school boards across the province 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.

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“Building new and improved schools is one of the many ways our government is supporting improved student achievement and well-being. The investment announced today will have a strong impact on students’ learning experience and will help them reach their full potential.”

Jeff Leal

MPP for Peterborough

“High-quality schools are the heart of our local communities and the foundation of our publicly funded education system. We know that better buildings support better learning. The funding announced today is a strategic investment in student achievement and well-being, and in the long-term prosperity of our province.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

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