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Ontario Government Building New School in Etobicoke

Ground-breaking to mark construction of replacement school

NEWS – September 29, 2022

ETOBICOKE — Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Etobicoke Centre, and Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke‑Lakeshore, attended a ground-breaking ceremony at the site for the new replacement school for Holy Angels Catholic School in Etobicoke. 

This new school build project is part of Ontario’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, with the province providing the Toronto Catholic District School Board with $22.6 million to build the new state of the art learning facility.

The Government of Ontario is delivering more than $26.6 billion in education funding for the 2022‑23 school year, which is the highest investment in public education in Ontario’s history. Investing in the province’s schools is an integral part of Ontario’s Plan to Catch Up, which is squarely focused on the priorities of parents and includes five key components:

  • Having students back in classrooms with a full school experience that includes extracurriculars like clubs, band, and field trips
  • New tutoring supports to fill gaps in learning
  • Preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow
  • Providing more money to build schools and improve education, and
  • Helping students with historic funding for mental health supports.

This new school investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion over 10 years to support school repair, renewal, and construction. Since 2018, the government has approved nearly 200 school construction projects and development of more than 300 childcare and education building-related projects, with more than 100 actively under construction.

“Our government is investing $14 billion over ten years to build new schools, improve existing facilities and create childcare spaces to ensure young people can reach their full potential,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “By building a new Holy Angels Catholic School as well as investing in tutoring and mental health supports for the year ahead, we are getting students in Etobicoke back on track now and well into the future. While we make progress building this new school to support hard-working parents in Etobicoke, we remain committed to keeping students in class this school year in more normal classrooms with extracurriculars, sports, and clubs.” 

“This investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to build state-of-the-art schools and classrooms and makes this the fifth school in the area to receive funding. The funding for the new Holy Angels Catholic School is great news for our community and will ensure families and students have access to a quality learning environment in the years ahead,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

“The new Holy Angels Catholic School will provide families in Etobicoke with a state-of-the-art learning facility. With $22.5 million in investments, we’re ensuring our children have access to quality education in a safe and innovative learning environment, while getting them back into the classroom and out of portables,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Under Premier Ford’s leadership, we’re making record investments in education to build and upgrade school infrastructure in Etobicoke, including Holy Angels, Bishop Allen Academy, Félix-Leclerc, Buttonwood Catholic Secondary School, and Buttonwood Hill Catholic Elementary School to support the next generation of leaders, for generations to come.”

Highlights of the Holy Angels Catholic School project include:

  • 600 student spaces
  • Five childcare rooms
  • 88 childcare spaces

“Last year the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community bid farewell to Holy Angels Catholic School, a building which has been a part of its community for over 60 years. On September 29, we have a Sod-Turning Ceremony to commemorate the start of the building project, which will see a new, state-of-the-art Holy Angels School erected for the residents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

This event reflects the hard work with the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Infrastructure, Kinga Surma, the local MPP Christine Hogarth, our staff, myself and families of Toronto Catholic District School Board to make this school a reality. Together, our commitment to the education and the youth of Etobicoke-Lakeshore will provide a new school which will benefit the students of Etobicoke-Lakeshore for years to come.” – Teresa Lubinski, TCDSB Trustee Ward 4

Holy Angels Catholic School is located at 65 Jutland Road in Etobicoke.

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $2.0 billion in capital projects in education, including 100 new schools, 88 additions and renovations to existing facilities and 6,410 new licensed childcare spaces.
  • For 2022-23, the province is providing school boards with $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
  • Through the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, 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.
  • In March 2022, the Governments of Canada and Ontario signed a $13.2 billion agreement that will lower childcare fees in stages for families, delivering an average of $10 a day childcare by September 2025.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Nabeel Ranmall
Office of MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore
195 Norseman Street Unit 21, Etobicoke
Telephone: 647-391-4563
Nabeel.ranmall@pc.ola.org