Barrie, Oro-Medonte, and Alliston are among the communities that could benefit from a school funding announcement from Queen’s Park on Thursday.
Premier Doug Ford announced a $500 million commitment to building 30 new schools and refurbishing 15 existing structures. Among the new builds the province says it will help fund, is that of a new Catholic elementary school in Innisfil.
The new facility in Innisfil is expected to feature 401 spaces for students and 49 child care spaces across three new child care rooms.
Thursday’s announcement also means funding for a new public elementary school in Shanty Bay. The project could create 190 spaces for students in the community and replace the aging Shanty Bay Public School.
“Our government is making a significant capital investment in our school system,” said Premier Ford. “By making these smart investments today, we will ensure our students and teachers have access to modern facilities to learn with features like high-speed Internet, accessible ramps and elevators, and air conditioning, while providing parents with access to more licensed child care spaces.”
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This comes as Education Minister Stephen Lecce promises more detail on a back-to-school plan should be expected next week, as Premier Ford signals he wants to see kids at school five days a week. Lecce indicates there should be further funding announcements for schools preparing to welcome children back in the fall.