Over the next two years, Ontario will be investing an additional $41 million to repair and renew schools in York Region.
This investment will allow both 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 allow for the improvement of visible elements of the facilities, including flooring, walls, ceilings, playing fields and more.
York Region District School Board is receiving over $25 million, while York Catholic District School Board will receive about $16 million. This brings the total combined amount of funding for local repair and renewal for York Region to $120 million over two years.
Overall, the province is investing $1.1 billion in school repair and renewal in regions across the province in addition to the previously allocated $1.6 billion in funding over the next two years for a total of $2.7 billion.
“Investing in our schools is one of the most important infrastructure investments we can make for nearly two million students in Ontario,” said Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, in a press release. “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.”
Ontario is providing school boards with more than $12 billion over 10 years to help build new schools in areas of high growth, improve the conditions of existing schools and invest in projects to reduce unnecessary space through school consolidations.