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  • January 31, 2018

Ontario Bringing New Schools, Renovations and More Licensed Child Care Spaces to York Region

Province Supporting Students and Families with New and Improved Facilities

Ontario is supporting families in York Region with 2 new schools, renovations and more licensed child care spaces that will provide a modern learning environment for students.

Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham was at Bill Hogarth Secondary in Markham  to announce that the province is investing in a public elementary school to be built in Cornell that will accommodate over 600 students and includes 2 new child care rooms with 39 new licensed child care spaces. YRDSB is also receiving funding for another school, with the same capacity, in Vaughan. The province is investing over $14 million in each of these schools.

Also announced in York Region, York Catholic District School Board received over $800 thousand for a retrofit of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School in Markham and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir received $13.3 million for a new French Catholic school to serve 400 students in Vaughan. 

This is part of a new investment across the province to build 39 brand new schools and undertake 40 major renovations or additions that will include more than 2,700 licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4, helping more families access safe and affordable child care closer to home.

Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


“These new schools, renovations and additions are an important investment for communities across Ontario. They will help to build a strong foundation for our children's education. These projects will provide students with great learning environments and will support working families with access to safe, quality licensed child care closer to home.” — Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care

"Our government’s investment is great news for families in York Region. I am proud that we are making a real difference for students and families now and for future generations.” — Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges- Markham

“On behalf of the trustees of York Region District School Board, I am pleased with the investment in the future of students and families in York Region. A new school will help us better meet the needs of our growing community in the Markham Area.” —Corrie McBain, Chair of York Region District School Board

“The Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir is very grateful to the Ministry of Education of Ontario (MOE) for the support it has shown to the French-speaking Catholic families in these three regions. Since many of our schools are at capacity, we are counting on the MOE to continue supporting our francophone Catholic families by funding the opening of new schools in other fast-growing school communities.”- Melinda Chartrand, Chair of Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir


  • Ontario is investing more than $ 42.4 million to help build 3 new schools and renovate and expand another school in York Region. These projects include the creation of 78 new licensed child care spaces.
  • In 2018, Ontario is investing $784 million in 79 new and renovated schools. This investment will also create a total of more than 2,700 new licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4.
  • Since 2013, the government has invested $9.1 billion in capital funding for school boards to support more than 160 new schools and more than 460 additions and renovations.
  • Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding over the next five years to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities.



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