Ontario investing in new schools in Waterloo RegionPublished on July 27, 2020
Province approves construction of three elementary schools and east Kitchener 7-12 school in Waterloo Region to strengthen student learning and increase access to child care
Waterloo Region - The Ontario government recently announced it is investing over $500 million to build 30 new schools and make upgrades to 15 existing facilities.
The province has given the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the Waterloo Region District School Board approval for four new schools: Southeast Galt Public School, East Kitchener 7-12 School, South Kitchener Elementary School, and Huron Brigadoon Catholic Elementary. The latter, previously approved, will now be expanded with an additional 250 student spaces.
In total, the construction of these four schools will add 2,995 student spaces and 8 childcare rooms for the fastest-growing communities in Waterloo Region.
These investments will provide a new, quality learning environment for the students of Waterloo Region, as well as new child care rooms. These projects are a part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.
“The funding for these 4 new schools is great news for some of our fastest growing communities in Waterloo Region,” said Kitchener South-Hespeler MPP Amy Fee and Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “This multi-million dollar investment to expand student and child care spaces demonstrates our government’s commitment to support families as Ontario gets back on track.”
Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province. This investment will also generate nearly 900 new licensed child care spaces.
“I am delighted to see continued investment in education in Waterloo Region,” said Jayne Herring, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB). “A new elementary school for southwest Kitchener will ensure that this growing community continues to receive the excellence in education they have come to know from the WRDSB. We want to thank the Ministry of Education and the Province of Ontario for their continued support and we look forward to working together to continue addressing our community’s needs, including the need for a new secondary school.”
“We are extremely pleased by the funding announcement that sees 3 of our capital projects moving forward. The Board has been in a growth trend for a number of years now and we are now in a position to start addressing the accommodation pressures we are currently experiencing and that we anticipate in the coming years. Our students will be the beneficiaries as we move forward with each of these exciting projects. We are grateful to the government that these pressing needs are now being addressed and would hope to move forward as soon as possible with each of these projects. These announcements will benefit not only the students who will attend these new schools but also a number of our existing schools where populations are swelling. It is a good day for the whole Waterloo Catholic community.” said Loretta Notten, Director of Education at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.
“From modernizing our curriculum to revitalizing our classrooms and their facilities, we are investing in our students and giving them every tool to achieve their full potential,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Our financing of the new schools further demonstrates our government’s historic investment in Ontario’s schools and our overall commitment to supporting our students and families.”
Highlights of the new school construction include:
Huron Brigadoon Catholic elementary school
- 250 new elementary student spaces (in addition to the 400 student spaces previously approved and yet to be constructed)
- 650 total student spaces
- Includes a previously approved 5 room child care project
East Kitchener 7-12 School
- 1400 secondary student spaces
South Kitchener Elementary School
- 591 elementary student spaces
- 49 new licensed child care spaces
- 3 new child care rooms
Southeast Galt Public School
- 354 elementary student spaces
- The government is investing up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools over the next five years.
- Ontario is also providing school boards with a historic $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools. This funding could be used to replace aging heating or air conditioning systems, repair roofs and windows, and install important accessibility features like elevators and ramps.
- In 2019, the Province announced the approval of a new $11.4 million Breslau catholic elementary school.