Government OK’s new school, lower tuition, writes MPP Triantafilopoulos

OPINION Feb 07, 2019 by Effie Triantafilopoulos Oakville Beaver

As your MPP, I’ve written before about how our government is working to make our province stronger — by improving our economy, encouraging businesses to invest and create jobs. This is good for everyone, but it is also vital that we have the funding we need to pay for important services such as health care, roads, transit and education, which people expect their government to provide.

Few of these services are more important than education, at all levels. I was proud to see our government’s commitment to education shown when Ontario Education Minister Lisa Thompson approved the funding for a new public elementary school in the fast-growing northeast part of Oakville. Parents, educators, trustees and others had been working for years to secure funding for this much needed school. I’d like to thank the minister for listening to the needs of our community.

The new $20.7 million elementary school will be located at Sixth Line and Dundas Street, with space for 776 pupils and with an additional 88 child-care spaces.

We are all looking forward to the school opening as soon as possible, so that students can move in and start learning in an uncrowded, up-to-date facility. I also know that our community is still growing and I will continue to work with you to ensure that future needs are met without unnecessary delays. These are essential investments for our community and are key to ensuring our students succeed.

I was also proud to see that our government reduced tuition by 10 per cent for every publicly-funded college and university in Ontario, starting this fall. For students in college, they will see an average saving of $340 and for those students in university, an average saving of $660. This tuition cut will be of immediate help to students.

Our priority is that OSAP goes to students with the greatest need. Under our changes the percentage of funds going to low-income families will increase to 72 per cent and 82 per cent of grants will go to those students with family incomes below $50,000.

Lowering tuition costs helps ensure that more Ontario students can access high quality skills, training and education that prepares them for the jobs of the future. I am proud of our government’s commitment to quality education in Ontario.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Please contact me at

Effie Triantafilopoulos is the MPP for Oakville North-Burlington


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