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Ontario Helping Build New High School and Community Hub in Toronto

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Ontario Helping Build New High School and Community Hub in Toronto

Bloor-Dufferin Redevelopment to Support Local Families with New Child Care Centre

Ministry of Education

Ontario is supporting the construction of a new high school and community hub in Toronto, bringing modern learning facilities and community space to students and families in the Bloor-Dufferin neighbourhood.

The province is helping the Toronto District School Board build a new state-of-the-art secondary school that will accommodate approximately 900 students. Working in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, the City of Toronto, and local community groups, Ontario is also securing up to 30,000 square feet for a community hub on the proposed new site development, which will include a licensed child care centre and space for community programming.

This project reflects the government's commitment to build better schools for better learning and to make it easier to create community hubs across Ontario. Community hubs improve the everyday lives of people in Ontario by offering multiple services, often in a highly integrated, client-centred way and under one roof.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Supporting strong communities is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The community hub will be part of the development on the site at the southwest corner of Bloor Street and Dufferin Street. The Ontario government and the City of Toronto will be engaging with community groups in the Bloor-Dufferin area to develop a vision for the community hub.
  • The new secondary school will be built on the current site of Brockton High School to accommodate students from Bloor Collegiate Institute and ALPHA II Alternative School.
  • The province is committing a total of $20 million to this project.
  • The province is committed to maintaining access to licensed child care spaces for the Bloor-Dufferin community.
  • Since 2003, the Ministry of Education has provided nearly $16.3 billion in capital funding for school boards to support nearly 810 new schools and over 780 additions and renovations.
  • Since 2013, the province has provided more than $2.5 billion in capital funding for school boards to support 311 new schools and school additions.
  • During its 2015 engagement process, the Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group identified close to 60 community hubs that are already established or in the planning stages in rural, suburban and urban neighbourhoods across Ontario. Communities are invited to share their local stories and examples at ontario.ca/communityhubs.

Additional Resources

Quotes

Mitzie Hunter

“Schools are at the heart of our communities and they are already natural community hubs. I am excited to see how the space at Bloor-Dufferin will be transformed to benefit their students and revitalize their community.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

Bob Chiarelli

“Community hubs across Ontario offer a wide range of services through a variety of models, reflecting the province’s diversity. They make good use of public properties and encourage the creation of multi-use spaces. I know this hub in the vibrant Bloor-Dufferin neighbourhood will be a boon for all who live in the community.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure

Indira Naidoo-Harris

“This announcement is a fantastic opportunity for Davenport residents. The Ministry of Education is committed to creating and maintaining access to quality licensed child care spaces within this community. We look forward to working with local families and partners as we create 100,000 new spaces for children across Ontario.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Associate Minister of Education

Cristina Martins

“I am very proud to see our government's support in bringing this community hub to life. ‎The Bloor-Dufferin community hub will be a great asset for the neighborhood by making it easier for people to access multiple services right here in ‎Davenport. I am thrilled to be able to deliver these results.”

Cristina Martins

MPP, Davenport

“This announcement is the result of an unprecedented level of cooperation between the TDSB, the Ontario government and the City of Toronto, who agreed to use surplus school land in a way that maximizes value and keeps supporting the community by bringing new services to its residents.”

Robin Pilkey

Chair, Toronto District School Board

Media Contacts

  • Heather Irwin

    Communications Branch

    heather.irwin@ontario.ca

    416-325-2454

  • Richard Francella

    Minister's Office

    Richard.Francella@ontario.ca

  • Lucas Malinowski

    Associate Minister’s Office, Early Years and Child Care

    Lucas.Malinowski@ontario.ca

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