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GOOD PLACES TO LEARN: BETTER BUILDINGS, BETTER LEARNING IN YORK REGION

McGuinty Government Helping Local Public School Students Succeed

January 14, 2009

Students throughout York Region are benefiting from urgently needed repairs and renovations to improve publicly funded schools with new windows, boilers and roofs, as well as upgrades to facilities like science labs and auditoriums.

Under the fourth year of the government’s Good Places to Learn program, local school boardsin York Region will receive the following new funding to help them continue to improve schoolbuildings and ensure that all students have safe and supportive learning environments:

  • $7,946,785 for the York Region District School Board
  • $2,399,517 for the York Catholic District School Board

Since 2005, this initiative has been improving the condition of schools across the province. Under the first three stages of the program:

  • The York Region District School Board received $71,374,532 to undertake 23 boiler projects, 19 window projects, 20 roof projects and 146 other school improvement projects.
  • The York Catholic District School Board received $19,728,581 to undertake 7 boiler projects, 2 window projects, 16 roof projects and 66 other school improvement projects.

Investing in school infrastructure strengthens the province’s economy by creating jobs and positioning Ontario’s students for success.

“By investing in better schools for our students, we’re helping them to succeed and reach their full potential,” said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.

  • Since 2003, more than 200 new schools across Ontario have been opened or are under construction, with plans for an additional 100 schools underway.
  • To date, almost 12,000 renewal projects are underway or completed in schools across the province.
  • The total provincial investment in the Good Places To Learn initiative is $4.8 billion.

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