RICHMOND HILL – York Region MPPs Michael Chan, Steven Del Duca, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Reza Moridi and Chris Ballard are pleased to announce that Ontario is investing an additional
$41 million in York Region over the next two years to repair and renew schools for a total investment of $120 million to ensure that they continue to be safe and modern places for students to learn.
The funding will enable the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board 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 York 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.
“This is fantastic news for students and educators in Richmond Hill because safe and modern schools will improve our youth’s learning experience. Ontario’s publicly funded education system is one of the best in the world, and with this investment, we are ensuring that our facilities are some of the best in the world too.”
— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill
“Curriculum and learning environment are both key to inspiring students and educators to achieve their very best. I am proud our government is making this historic school infrastructure investment that will support students in Markham-Unionville as they build an educational foundation for future success and prosperity.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville
“Our government continues to support York Region students with significant investments in better schools for better learning. Improving infrastructure enhances local students’ achievement and well-being, and is also a boost for our local economy.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham
“This is an important investment for both the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board -- one that affects every student. I am proud to support a government that knows the value of a good education, and that having better schools creates a better learning environment.”
— Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora
“Students and educators deserve safe and modernized places to learn and work. And I’m proud that our government is making a historic investment to repair and renew schools in Vaughan, and all across the province, because ensuring schools are in a state of good repair also supports the academic achievement and well-being of students.”
— Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan
“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
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