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Ontario Investing to Keep Toronto Community Pools Open

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Ontario Investing to Keep Toronto Community Pools Open

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ontario is investing up to $15.8 million over two years to support upgrades and renovations to up to 32 of the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) pools, through the Toronto Lands Corporation. 

Today's investment builds on the province's more than $4 million investment provided to the Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) in 2008-2009.

TLC formed the Aquatics Working Group (AWG) to develop a long term strategy guiding the future of 39 pools originally slated for closure. The group is chaired by former Toronto Mayor, David Crombie, and is mainly comprised of community groups and swim club members, with representatives from the City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, and the Ministries of Education and Health Promotion.

In its final report, the AWG recommended:

Twenty-four pools should be kept open because they need less capital to maintain operations and because they are necessary to the school and/or are well used by the community.

Eight pools would remain open on a probationary basis. These pools require some capital improvement but are not essential to the school and/or need to demonstrate significant community use. One of these pools will close once the existing school it is in closes.

Closing seven pools as they need significant capital improvements and are not considered essential by the school and/or do not have significant community use.

AWG's recommendations

Pools to remain OPEN (24)

Pools on PROBATION for one year

Allenby Jr PS
AY Jackson SS
Central Technical School
Deer Park PS
Downsview SS
Fern Jr Sr PS
Forest Hill CI
George Harvey CI
Glenview Sr PS
Jarvis CI
Harbord CI
Keele St Jr PS
Lawrence Park CI
Malvern CI
Monarch Park CI
Newtonbrook SS
Northern SS
RH King Academy
Riverdale CI
Rosedale Heights
Stephen Leacock CI
WA Porter CI
Western Tech
Westview Centennial SS

Carleton Village Jr PS
Earl Grey Sr PS
George S Henry Academy
Humberside CI
Kensington CS
North Toronto CI
Queen Alexandra Sr PS
Winona PS