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New French-language School to Support Scarborough Students

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New French-language School to Support Scarborough Students

École secondaire catholique Père-Philippe-Lamarche Opens for New School Year

Ministry of Education

The brand new École secondaire catholique Père-Philippe-Lamarche in Scarborough is opening its doors for the first time today welcoming local French-language students.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education was joined by Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs and Melinda Chartrand, chair of the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, for the official opening of the school.

This school year, École secondaire catholique Père-Philippe-Lamarche will offer courses to students in Grades 7 to 9, including a new sport, leadership, health and wellness program designed to encourage healthy lifestyles for students. Over the coming years, the new school community will grow to include students up to Grade 12.

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Quick Facts

  • Ontario invested more than $22 million to build the new École secondaire catholique Père-Philippe-Lamarche.
  • This school year, 54 new and improved schools will open as part of an investment of more than $420 million from the province.
  • Since 2013, the government has invested $9.3 billion in capital funding for school boards to support more than 120 new schools and more than 140 additions and renovations.
  • The province is also providing $1.4 billion per year in funds to renew existing school space, including $200 million for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • In May 2017, the Conseil scolaire catholique du district Centre-Sud was renamed the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir.

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“The new École secondaire catholique Père-Philippe-Lamarche is an important milestone for French-language education in Scarborough. This high-quality, modern school building will be at the centre of a strong new school community that supports students as they learn, grow and prepare themselves for the future.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

“Today’s announcement demonstrates this government’s commitment to the Francophone community and advances our goal to support every child and reach every student. École Père-Philippe-Lamarche will provide a new Francophone space where students can learn in an environment that respects their culture and their values, and helps them become active and engaged citizens.”

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Francophone Affairs

“Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir thanks the Ontario Ministry of Education and the City of Toronto for funding and supporting the building of our new French Catholic High School in Scarborough. The demand for French Catholic education is on the rise. Parents are seeking quality education and they know they will find it in the schools of Csc MonAvenir.”

Melinda Chartrand

Chair, Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

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