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Ontario Investing $137 Million in New and Renovated School Infrastructure

by Liz Sandals, news.ontario.ca

 

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.

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.