Students Benefit from Repairs to Local School
Government Funding to Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Kingston Part of Provincewide Investment
Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Kingston to highlight how students are benefiting from the government's recent investment in school repairs and upgrades.
With government support, the school has repaired its roof, built a security fence around the outdoor basketball court and upgraded the library, now known as a learning commons. These repairs make Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School a safer, more modern place for students to learn.
The funding is part of a provincewide investment of $2.7 billion over two years that is estimated to benefit more than 2,100 schools that have repair and renewal projects valued at $100,000 or more.
The investment enables school boards to repair roofs, update HVAC units, modernize electrical and plumbing systems, and improve more visible elements of the schools that affect the well-being of students, such as flooring, walls, ceilings and playing fields.
Investing in schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, transit and other critical infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is providing nearly $415 million over two years for repairs and upgrades to schools in Eastern Ontario.
- About half of Ontario’s 4,900 public schools are more than 40 years old.
- The $2.7 billion provincewide investment represents an increase in funding for elementary and secondary school renewal of $500 million for the 2015–16 school year and $575 million for 2016–17.
“We want every student to excel and have a positive learning experience in our schools. Through investments we are making to upgrade and repair schools in Eastern Ontario and all across the province, we are delivering on that vision and creating a better learning environment for our students.”
“Every student deserves a safe, modern and healthy learning environment, because better buildings mean better student achievement and well-being. That is why our government made such a historic investment in our schools, and why school boards have worked so hard to turn our investment into results for Ontario’s students.”