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Ontario Investing $219 Million to Improve Schools in Peel Region

Province Making Historic School Infrastructure Investment

 

 

 

 

NEWS

July 11th, 2016

 

Ontario is investing an additional $85,000,000 in Peel Region’s schools over the next two years to repair and renew schools for a total investment of $219,000,000 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 an 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 Region 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 students in Mississauga-Brampton South and throughout Peel Region with significant investments in better schools for better learning. This is an important investment towards local student achievement and well-being, and a boost for our local economy.”

— Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South

 

“The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is pleased by the Ministry’s recently announced $1.1 billion province-wide investment into school renewal and repair,” said Marianne Mazzorato, director of education. “The additional funding allocated to Dufferin-Peel, over the next two years, will enable the board to continue to enhance the learning environments of our students by addressing outstanding renewal needs such as roof repairs, flooring, playfields, and more.”

— Marianne Mazzorato, Director 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.

 

 

LEARN MORE

 

Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario

Capital investments in education

 

 

CONTACT

 

Amrit Mangat, MPP

Mississauga-Brampton South

(905) 696-0367

 

Bruce Campbell, General Manger

Communications & Community Relations

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

(905) 890-0708, ext. 24466

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