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Ontario Building New and Improved Schools for French-Language Students

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Ontario Building New and Improved Schools for French-Language Students

Province Supporting Students with Better Learning Spaces

Ministry of Education

Ontario is building nine new high-quality, modern schools and additions that will better support student achievement and well-being for Ontario's French-language students.

The new projects include:


  • Purchase of the former Ontario Street Public School to accommodate 210 French-language elementary students.


  • A new French-language elementary school for 567 students.


  • A new French-language elementary school for 354 students to address the accommodation needs of French language rights holders.
  • A new French Catholic elementary school for 308 students to relieve accommodation pressure.


  • A new gymnasium and an addition for 210 students to École secondaire publique De La Salle to relieve accommodation pressure.
  • A new French-language secondary school for 404 students to address the needs of the board's secondary students in Barrhaven/Riverside South. 


  • The conversion of the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l'Ontario's Education Centre into an adult and alternative school in order to relocate students from ES Cap sur l'Avenir. 


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


  • An addition for 184 students to École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys and École secondaire catholique Notre-Dame to relieve accommodation pressure. 

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 $56 million in these projects for French-language students.
  • 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 French 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.”

Marie-France Lalonde

MPP for Ottawa - Orléans

“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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