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  • July 21, 2016

Ontario Investing $84 Million to Improve Schools in Ottawa

Ontario is investing an additional $84 million in Ottawa and the Eastern region over the next two years to repair and renew schools for a total investment of $212 million to ensure that they continue to be safe and modern places for students to learn.  The increase in funding per school board is as follows:

  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is receiving a $55 million funding increase, for a total investment of $133 million.
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board is receiving a $17 million funding increase, for a total investment of $45 million.
  • Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est de l'Ontario is receiving a $7 million funding increase, for a total investment of $21 million.
  • Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario is receiving a $5 million funding increase, for a total investment of $13 million.

The funding will enable local schools boards 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 Ottawa 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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me: ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or 613-722-6414.

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