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Ontario Government Building New School in Etobicoke

As part of Ontario’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province provided the Toronto Catholic District School Board with approval to proceed to tender a new replacement St. Leo Catholic Elementary School. This will be supported by an investment of $22.7 million, which includes additional funding of $10.3 million.

The new school will provide more student spaces in a new, quality learning environment for the growing student population in Etobicoke, as well as affordable child care spaces for local parents. The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over 10 years. Since 2018, the government has approved nearly 200 projects and there are currently more than 300 child care and education building-related projects in development, with more than 100 actively under construction.

“The funding for a new St. Leo Catholic Elementary School is great news for our community,” said Christine Hogarth, the MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. “This investment will ensure families and students have access to a quality learning environment in the years ahead.”

“Our government is taking action to ensure young people can reach their full potential in the classroom that leads to good jobs,” said Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. “By building a new St. Leo Catholic Elementary School our government is preparing Etobicoke students for the jobs of tomorrow and providing safe and affordable high-quality child care to working parents.”

“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, our government is delivering more schools across the province to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities.  By cutting red tape and introducing the Rapid Build pilot project to expedite procurement and construction processes to build better schools faster, we’re ensuring that students reap the benefits of state-of-the-art learning facilities sooner and have access to education in a safe and healthy environment.” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are just one of the ways we’re building critical infrastructure – such as schools, hospitals, long-term care homes and public transit – that Ontarians rely on with a budget over $148 billion over the next decade.”

“Over the last four years, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the podium with MPP Christine Hogarth on numerous occasions, as the Goverment of Ontario has extended funding for the renewal of the educational infrastructure of Ward 4, located here in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. This has included funding for no fewer than three new schools, including St. Elizabeth Elementary school, Bishop Allan Academy as well as the additional funding for daycare of $10.3 million, which is now part of the investment of $22.7 million here at St. Leo Catholic school,” said Teresa Lubinski, Toronto Catholic School Trustee for Ward 4. “I think it’s an appropriate venue for this announcement of the Conservative government’s commitment to the working parents of Ontario, which will see the immediate reduction of child care costs to $12 a day and a further reduction to $10 a day by September 2025, not to mention the creation of 70,000 new child care spaces by September 2025.”

Highlights of the project include:

  • 508 student spaces
  • 49 child care spaces
  • Three child care rooms
  • One EarlyON room

The new school will be built on the former St. Leo CES site at 165 Stanley Avenue in Etobicoke.

Quick Facts:

  • For 2022-23, 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.