Oakville North-Burlington—The Ontario government is investing $2.9 million to improve the new Oakville NE #1 high school to help working families in Northeast Oakville. This investment in the Halton District School Board, announced by Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP for Oakville North-Burlington, will support the creation of 88 childcare spaces as part of the Ford Government’s commitment to building modern, accessible, and technologically connected schools for Ontario youth.
The project is part of a provincewide investment of more than $600 million to support new school and childcare spaces that were recently announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. The overall investment will support 78 school and childcare related projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $565 million to create more than 19,700 new student spaces and 1,500 childcare spaces at schools across the province.
The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over ten years. There are currently more than 300 childcare and education building-related projects in development across Ontario with more than 100 actively under construction.
Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.
Highlights of the project include:
- 88 new licenced childcare spaces.
- 5 new childcare rooms.
- The new Oakville NE #1 high school with 1200 spaces was approved in 2020-21 Capital Priorities
Quote from MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos:
“88 new childcare spaces and 5 new childcare rooms, to be built with the new Northeast Oakville high school, is great news for our fast-growing community. This new $2.9 million investment will mean more choice in childcare and shorter waiting lists for working families in Northeast Oakville. Our government continues to invest in what matters most – our children and youth.”
- On November 4, the province released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build the foundation for Ontario’s recovery and prosperity by getting shovels in the ground on projects like new schools and childcare.
- Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $1.5 billion in capital projects in education, including 76 new schools, 75 additions and renovations to existing facilities and 4,908 new licensed childcare places.
- For 2021-22, the province is also providing school boards with $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
- The governments of Canada and Ontario are providing $656.5 million in funding for critical infrastructure projects to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province’s schools through the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
- The federal government provides 2.5 per cent of the total cost support for early learning and childcare operating expenses in Ontario, with Ontario families, the provincial and municipal governments providing the remainder.
- Ontario has provided emergency childcare for the school-aged children of frontline workers, including public safety and health care workers, as well as those working with vulnerable populations, at no out-of-pocket cost. In 2021, at its peak, this program provided over 12,000 children with high-quality childcare each day across 717 sites provincewide.
- Ontario is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the 2021 childcare expenses of over 300,000 families.
Media Contact: David Lancaster