Queen’s Park committing $500m to build new schools, can’t say yet if any would be in Simcoe County

Those school boards receiving funding will be notified by October's end

The Ontario Government has vowed to commit another $500 million towards building new schools and upgrading existing ones, but it is as yet unknown where these facilities will be.

Twenty new schools will be built with this funding, according to Premier Doug Ford on Tuesday, while permanent school additions will be provided at eight facilities across Ontario. It is expected this move will help create nearly 16,000 new student learning spaces and 870 new licensed child care spaces.

It is as yet unknown if this will impact either the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board or the Simcoe County District School Board, as the province says those school boards to receive this added funding will be notified by October 30, 2020.

“Our government is doing everything possible to ensure our students can achieve lifelong success,” said Premier Ford. “That’s why we made a significant commitment to fix our schools and ensure students and staff have access to the best classrooms, with features like modern ventilation systems and high-speed Internet access. During construction, these projects will create hundreds of jobs and contribute significantly to our economic recovery.”

This funding is on top of the $500 million announced in July, going towards the construction of 30 new facilities and renovations to 15 existing schools.