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Ontario investing $219 Million to Improve Schools at the Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Province Making Historic School Infrastructure Investment

Ontario is investing an additional $85 million in the Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel

Catholic District School Board over the next two years to repair and renew schools for a total

investment of $219 million to ensure that they continue to be safe and modern places for

students to learn.

 

The funding will enable local schools boards to repair roofs, update HVAC units and modernize

electrical and plumbing systems. It will also significantly improve more visible elements of

schools that impact students’ learning and well-being, including flooring, walls, ceilings, playing

fields and more.

 

The province is investing and additional $1.1 billion in school infrastructure across the province,

which builds on $1.6 billion in existing funding that has been allocated for repairs and renewals

over the next two school years, for a total of $2.7 billion.

This investment in school repair and renewal in Peel is part of the largest investment in public

infrastructure in the province's history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting

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 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 making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads,

bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by

innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. In addition, the plan is helping working

Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

 

QUOTES

“Our government continues to support Peel students with significant investments in better

schools for better learning. This is an important investment for towards local student

achievement and well-being, and a boost for our local economy.”

— Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Springdale

 

“Investing in our schools is one of the most important infrastructure investments we can make

for nearly two million students in Ontario. Our government believes in better buildings for better

learning and well-being. Making sure schools across the province are in a state of good repair is

an essential part of supporting student achievement. The investment announced today is great

news for students, educators, communities, and the economy.”

— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

 

QUICK FACTS

 This funding is being allocated to school boards in proportion to their renewal needs.

Information about school board allocations will be available in the coming weeks. To support

transparency in this historic investment, the province will publicly post detailed information

regarding the condition and renewal needs of each of Ontario’s 4,900 public schools.

 This funding represents an increase in funding for elementary and secondary school

renewal of $500 million for the 2015-16 school year and $575 million for the 2016-17 school

year.

 This new funding addresses the Auditor General of Ontario’s recommendations in 2015 to

increase investment in school renewal to 2.5 per cent of schools’ replacement value and to

direct two-thirds of infrastructure investment in schools to renewal over new construction.

 Since 2003, the province has invested more than $14 billion in school infrastructure,

including nearly 760 new schools and more than 735 additions and renovations.

 The province is providing school boards with more than $12 billion over 10 years to help

build new schools in areas of high growth, improve the condition of existing schools and

invest in projects to reduce surplus space through school consolidations.

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