Ontario is investing an additional $18 million in Barrie, Simcoe County and Muskoka over the next two years to repair and renew schools for a total investment of $53 million to ensure that they continue to be safe and modern places for students to learn.
The funding will enable the Simcoe County District School Board ($15 million) and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board ($3 million) to repair roofs, update HVAC units and modernize electrical and plumbing systems. It will also significantly improve more visible elements of schools th at impact students’ learning and well-being, including flooring, walls, ceilings, playing fields and more.
The province is investing and 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 Barrie, Simcoe County and Muskoka 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.
“Our government continues to support Barrie students with significant investments in better schools for better learning. This is an important investment for towards local student achievement and well-being, and a boost for our local economy.”
— Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie
“Investing in our schools is one of the most important infrastructure investments we can make for nearly two million students in Ontario. Our government believes in better buildings for better learning and well-being. Making sure schools across the province are in a state of good repair is an essential part of supporting student achievement. The investment announced today is great news for students, educators, communities, and the economy.”
— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education
“The additional funding is welcomed news. We’re committed to using public resources responsibly. We’ve had to make difficult decisions at times. We’ve consolidated or closed underused or aging buildings. We’ve also invested in retrofits and ongoing maintenance. Our goal is always to provide students with the best facilities possible. This funding will help us continue to do that.”
— Peter Beacock, Chair of the Simcoe County District School Board
“We are very pleased to receive this unexpected facilities funding, which we will begin to use this summer to make improvements in schools throughout our board. It is incredibly important to make continuous improvements to our facilities so that our students are provided with optimal learning conditions. We will use this funding to improve accessibility, create safer environments and make necessary upgrades and retrofits to our buildings and properties.”
— Brian Beal, Director of Education for the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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