$14.5 Million Committed to Build New School for 671 Students
October 23, 2020
Oakville North-Burlington – MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos announced today that the Ontario Government will be providing $14.5 million to build a new elementary school in North Oakville for 671 students. This news follows the announcement of a new public high school for North Oakville and the opening of the Dr. David R. Williams Public School, both funded by the province.
North Oakville is a high-growth area and the new school will reduce overcrowding in neighbouring schools, while helping ensure a high quality of education for students. The Oakville announcement is part of Ontario Government’s province-wide plan that since March has seen the government approve the investment of over $1 billion in capital funding for education. This includes 50 new schools and 23 additions to existing schools.
Quote from Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP:
“Students in our community deserve to learn in modern, state-of-the-art schools where they can learn the skills they need from their teachers to achieve lifelong success. The Ontario Government’s investment of $14.5 million for a new Catholic elementary school in North Oakville will help meet the needs of students, staff and teachers. It’s great news for our community. I was proud to work with the Halton Catholic District School Board as they advocated for this new school and I am pleased that our government has delivered.”
Quote from Vincent Iantomasi, Chair of the Halton Catholic District School Board:
“As a leader board in Ontario, Halton Catholic District School Board has experienced unique growth pressures, being situated in the one of the fastest growing geographical areas of the country, thereby desperately needing additional pupil places in Oakville. On behalf of our Board of Trustees, and especially our Oakville trustees, Peter DeRosa, Nancy Guzzo, and Helena Karabela who strongly advocated for a new school, I wish to extend our appreciation for the diligent work of the Ford government, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and most specifically MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos who heard our pleas and answered the call. Her swift actions have helped to bring relief to the families in Oakville for the educational benefit of their children.
It is with much gratitude that we thank all concerned for focusing on our students’ wellbeing in our gift of a publicly funded Catholic education.”
- In July 2020, the government announced over $500 million to build 30 new schools and 15 permanent additions to existing facilities, along with nearly 900 new licensed child care spaces.
- Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the government has approved over $1 billion in capital projects in education, including 50 new schools, 23 additions to existing facilities, and 1,765 new licensed child care spaces.
- The Ministry is also investing $1.4 billion in renewal funding, which continues to meet the funding level recommended by the Auditor General of Ontario to preserve the condition of Ontario’s school facilities.
Media Contact: David Lancaster, Executive Assistant