The provincial government has announced today a new method of providing funding for education in Ontario.
Monday, July 22 marks the launch of the 2019-20 Capital Priorities program, which reportedly aims to provide school boards with the opportunity to access funding for large-scale projects.
School boards in every region of the province can now apply for funding for capital projects, including new school buildings or renovations, to be completed by 2023 or 2024.
According to the government, the program will also provide funding for school-based child care spaces as part of the government’s plan to build up to 10,000 new child care spaces in schools.
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“We are investing in our students and their futures by building new schools and renovating existing schools because I believe better schools mean better learning environments for the next generation,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.
“This government is taking decisive action to ensure students have safe and modern learning environments that enable their success in the classroom, in life, and in the labour market.”
The announcement was made Monday morning from Dolson Public School in Brampton.
Lecce also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to updating the school curriculum, with a major emphasis on financial literacy and STEM, in the hopes of helping students more easily land a job after finishing school.
To read the full statement, click here.
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