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Ontario Building New School in Etobicoke

Province more than doubles funding to build new schools, faster

MAY 10, 2024


ETOBICOKE — The Ontario government is investing $33.4 million in the Toronto District School Board for the new Etobicoke City Centre Elementary School, helping working families in Etobicoke, as announced by Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke—Lakeshore.

This will support the creation of 823 student spaces and 88 licensed child care spaces in Etobicoke as part of the government’s commitment to building state-of-the-art learning spaces for Ontario students.

This project is part of a $1.3 billion plan that more than doubles funding to build new schools and expansions, including child care spaces, announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, as part of the Capital Priorities Program. “Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government is building complete communities by building new schools, expanding hospitals, and boosting housing supply,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP, Etobicoke-Lakeshore. “I am proud to note that the new Etobicoke City Centre Elementary School is the fifth major school investment for Etobicoke-Lakeshore during my tenure as MPP. The new school will be a valuable asset for supporting student needs in our fast-growing community. Additionally, the inclusion of child care spaces will offer reassurance to working families and provide a seamless transition for our youngest learners.”

The overall investment, which is the highest ever made in a single year, supports the creation of more than 27,000 new student spaces and more than 1,700 licensed child care spaces at schools across Ontario.

“Our government is more than doubling the funding to build new schools, which represents the single largest investment in school building in Ontario history,” said Minister Lecce. “We are stepping up with a massive investment to build the homes, schools, and communities our province needs, and to ensure children have access to state-of-the-art schools close to home that gives them real life and job skills to succeed in the future. I want to reiterate my thanks to MPP Christine Hogarth for her relentless advocacy for local families.”


Ontario’s government unveiled a new plan to build faster, including providing school boards with more flexibility and support to get shovels in the ground quicker and have more options to use existing buildings in their communities. These changes are part of the government’s plan to ensure that the public education system focuses on what matters most: important life-long skills such as reading, writing and math; improving accountability and transparency for parents and families; and maximizing capital assets.

“Our government is investing in new schools and improved infrastructure across the province to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families, and growing communities.” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are part of our historic $190 billion over the next ten years, to build and deliver the critical infrastructure Ontarians deserve today, and for future generations to come.”


The 2024 Budget: Building a Better Ontario continues to support the province’s work being delivered through Bill 98, the Better Schools and Students Outcomes Act: building schools faster and better employing taxpayer-funded assets.

“The central Etobicoke area is currently experiencing a rapid change in population and residential development. A new school has been approved for construction to accommodate the growing number of students in the community. The modern school building will provide a welcoming and engaging environment for hundreds of nearby students to achieve, belong, and thrive. Additionally, it will help alleviate the space pressures on other local schools that are now over capacity.” said Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Director of Education, TDSB.


Etobicoke City Centre Elementary School will be located at 160 Silverhill Drive in Etobicoke.


Quick Facts

  • In December 2023, the Ministry of Education announced Ontario’s plan to help build schools faster through a transparent, accountable and more efficient process. In the recent Capital Priorities round, school boards were encouraged to standardize the design of new school construction, identify opportunities to work together on joint-use school projects, and bring forward shovel ready proposals.
  • Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested more than $3.6 billion in capital construction projects in education, including 139 new schools, 109 additions and renovations to existing facilities, creating more than 98,000 student spaces and over 8,000 new licensed child care spaces.
  • For the 2023-24 school year, the province is providing school boards with approximately $1.4 billion in funding to revitalize and renew aged building systems and components.
  • The investment is part of Ontario’s commitment to provide about $16 billion to support new school construction, repair, and renewal over 10 years.
  • The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 ensures the public education system focuses on what matters most: teaching important life-long skills such as reading, writing and math; improving accountability and transparency for parents and families; maximizing capital assets of boards to support building modern schools faster and better utilizing current school capacity.
  • Ontario secured a $13.2 billion agreement with the federal government that will lower fees for families to an average of $10 a day for children under the age of six under the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care system.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Saurabh Kapoor
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore
saurabh.kapoor@pc.ola.org
416-259-2249
195 Norseman St. Unit 21, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 0E9