Published on April 21, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced Thursday that Oakville will receive nearly $24 million for a new public elementary school. INSAUGA PHOTO
Oakville will receive nearly $24 million for a new public elementary school in the Neyagawa Boulevard and Burnhamthorpe Road West area.
Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce made the announcement Thursday during a stop at Dr. David R. Williams Public School in Oakville.
Lecce announced that the provincial government will invest nearly $500 million to support 37 school projects, including the new public elementary school in Oakville.
Construction of the new Oakville school is expected to begin in 2024 and be open for the start of the school year in 2025.
“Building new public and Catholic schools is a top priority for my community and for me,” said Effie J. Triantafilopoulos, MPP for Oakville North—Burlington. “It’s great news that the Ontario government is creating modern, state-of-the-art schools so that all students can benefit from a better learning environment. Since 2018, the Minister of Education has been listening to the needs of our growing community.
“With today’s new school announcement, we now have five new schools and a major addition for students in our community.”
Lecce said that when completed, the 2022-23 Capital Priorities Program projects will create nearly 15,700 new spaces for students and just over 1,500 new licensed child care spaces in schools.
The new Oakville Northeast School will provide 788 places for elementary students and five child care rooms, with places for 88 young children.
“We are building new schools, building more affordable child care spaces and giving hope and opportunity to Ontario students as they learn in more normal and safer classrooms,” said Minister Lecce. “We believe students deserve to learn in person in state-of-the-art, internet-connected, accessible facilities with modern ventilation systems, which is why our government is making a major investment that is accelerating construction to do it for parents, students and communities.
The provincial government says it is committing to providing $14 billion over 10 years to support building, repairing and renovating schools.
Triantafilopoulos said North Oakville has received more than $100 million in funding for five new schools.
During its shutdown, Lecce also announced, in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario and five school boards, the start of a rapid construction pilot project.
The pilot project will leverage Infrastructure Ontario’s expertise in procurement and rapid delivery, including the ability to use modular construction methodologies.
These alternative builds will allow them to source and deliver projects in shorter time frames so students can enjoy new and updated schools sooner.
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