SCARBOROUGH - This year Ontario is investing $137 million to build new schools, expand or renovate existing schools, and create new child care spaces across the province.
On her visit to West Hill Collegiate Institute in Scarborough on Thursday, May 5, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education announced $2.14 million in funding for construction and renovations to West Hill Collegiate Institute and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute. Joined by Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, Jerry Chadwick, Ward 22 Toronto District School Board Trustee and Nadira Persaud, Superintendent, the announcement was received positively by Principal Gillian Gibbons, staff and students.
Every year, Ontario funds local school infrastructure projects to provide students with better places to learn and give young children and their families increased access to safe, high-quality licensed child care in schools. Work will soon begin on 20 such projects, including four new schools and 16 additions and retrofits.
Families in Toronto, Kingsville and Oshawa will also benefit through the construction of a total of 19 new custom-built child care rooms in local schools. This will create 318 total new licensed spaces for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
These projects are part of the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years. This will support 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.
Giving students the best possible learning environment is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority -- growing the economy and creating jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is also making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
"This funding is a great opportunity for infrastructure improvements with the closing of Sir Robert L. Borden Business and Technical Institute in June 2016, due to declining enrollment rates. Students transferring to West Hill C. I. and Sir Wilfrid Laurier C. I. will have the opportunity to participate in innovative programs that will enable our youth to learn new skills and achieve their full potential. I look forward to seeing the construction of the kitchen and cosmetology lab at West Hill C.I., and the greenhouse at Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I."
— Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood
“Improving learning environments for our students is one of the best infrastructure investments we can make. Our government is proud to invest in capital projects that are bringing students and communities together, reducing the cost of under-used space, and reinvesting savings back into the classroom.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education