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Ontario Bringing New School and More Child Care Spaces to Kitchener

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Ontario Bringing New School and More Child Care Spaces to Kitchener

Province Supporting Students and Families with New and Improved Facilities

Ministry of Education

Ontario is supporting families in Kitchener with a new school that will provide a modern learning environment for students and more licensed child care spaces.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, was joined by Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, at Jean Steckle Public School in Kitchener today to announce that the province is investing in a new public school in southwest Kitchener that will accommodate nearly 600 students, and includes five new child care rooms with 88 new licensed child care spaces.

This is part of a new investment across the province to build 39 brand new schools and undertake 40 major renovations or additions that will include more than 2,700 licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4, helping more families access safe and affordable child care closer to home.

Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing more than $16 million to help build a new school in the Kitchener region. This project will create a total of 88 new licensed child care spaces and three EarlyON (child and family program) rooms.
  • In 2018, Ontario is investing $784 million in 79 new and renovated schools. This investment will also create a total of more than 2,700 new licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4.
  • Since 2013, the government has invested $9.1 billion in capital funding for school boards to support more than 160 new schools and more than 460 additions and renovations.
  • Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding over the next five years to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities.

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Daiene Vernile

“Our government’s investment is great news for families in Kitchener. As our community grows, it’s important for our children to have neighbourhood schools serving our education needs. We’re making a real difference for students and families now and for future generations.”

Daiene Vernile

MPP Kitchener Centre

Mitzie Hunter

“Ontario is committed to building learning environments that support student achievement and well-being. That’s why we continue to invest in new, renovated, and expanded schools so that every student can learn and grow in a space that enables them to reach their full potential.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

Indira Naidoo-Harris

“Schools are a natural fit for licensed child care spaces. They provide families with access to safe, high-quality care in a convenient setting, and offer young children the opportunity to transition into full-day kindergarten in a familiar environment. These new spaces will give our youngest learners a strong start in life, and make a real difference in the lives of many Ontario families.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care

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