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Friday, September 01, 2017

New and Improved Schools Opening Across Ontario this Fall

54 Major Renovations, Additions and New Schools Will Support Student Learning

Students across Ontario will be returning to class in new and improved learning spaces, with more than 50 new and renovated schools opening in communities across the province this fall. 

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, visited the new St. Daniel Comboni Catholic Elementary School today to announce the new openings, which include:

  • 25 new elementary and secondary schools
  • 16 new additions to existing schools
  • 13 major renovation projects to existing schools 

These new and renovated facilities will provide students with a better place to learn and grow for this school year, and years to come. Together, these schools will also include more than 960 new high-quality, licensed child care spaces to support young children and their families. 

These projects are part of the largest infrastructure investment in schools, hospitals, public transit, roads and bridges in Ontario's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON

Investing in new and renovated schools to create better learning spaces is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts:

  • Across the province, 54 new and improved schools will open in the coming months as part of an investment of more than $420 million from the province.
  • Since 2013, the government has invested $9.3 billion in capital funding for school boards to support more than 120 new schools and more than 140 additions and renovations.
  • Ontario is investing $1.4 billion this year to improve school buildings by repairing and upgrading elements such as roofs, flooring and plumbing systems.
  • Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding over the next five years to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities. 

Background Information:



"These new and improved school facilities will benefit students in communities across the province. Our historic investment in infrastructure is creating better learning environments to support Ontario students." 

— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education 

Media Contacts:

Richard Francella 
Minister’s Office 

Heather.Irwin
Communications Branch 
416-325-2454 

Ministry of Education 
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