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Ontario Brings Hope To Haitian Students

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Ontario Brings Hope To Haitian Students

McGuinty Government Rebuilding Three Schools; Ontario Students Raise Millions

Three schools destroyed in January's Haiti earthquake will be rebuilt by Ontario.

Fundraising efforts by Ontario students have provided millions to help survivors of January's earthquake that levelled much of Haiti, and now the Ontario government is extending provincial support by rebuilding schools destroyed in the quake. The government is seeking bids to rebuild the schools in Port-au-Prince. The schools will meet strict standards to make them more resilient to future earthquakes. Construction will begin in early 2011 and Haitian students should be back in these classrooms in 2012. This compassion for Haiti is another example of the province's global perspective that is a key driver in the Open Ontario plan.

Quick Facts

  • Students at 590 schools in the Toronto District School Board raised $630,000 for Haiti. Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute students raised $12,700.
  • The earthquake seriously damaged or destroyed 87 per cent of the schools in Port-au-Prince.
  • Fifty-one Haitian students displaced by the earthquake have travelled to Ontario to attend school.
  • Ontario's rapid response to the Haitian earthquake included: donating $1 million to the Canadian Red Cross; supplying medical equipment such as wheelchairs, stretchers and surgical tables, and medical supplies, and; dispatching personnel on the ground, including United Nations-experienced officers, and Ontario's chief forensic pathologist.
  • Request for Proposal is available on Merx website

Quotes

“Ontarians value their education and we have made it our highest priority as part of a more prosperous and Open Ontario. Our young people have shown great character, compassion and generosity in response to the devastation in Haiti. That is why we are rebuilding these schools and helping to get Haitian children back in the classroom where they belong.”

Mike Colle

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“The people of Haiti appreciate the fundraising efforts of Ontarians and all Canadians as we endeavour to recover from the effects of the January earthquake. It's critical to our recovery that our children receive a good education in safe schools and Ontario's commitment to rebuild three schools in Port-au-Prince will ensure students get the education they need and deserve.”

Ambassador Nathalie Gissel-Ménos

Minister-Counsellor and Chargé d'Affaires, a.i, Embassy of the Republic of Haiti

“It's wonderful to see that so many Ontario students participated in fundraising activities to help the Haitian people. It is one of Ontario's goals to create strong social leaders who create positive local and global change. Their actions in response to this catastrophe are making a difference.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Education

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