Ontario Government Building New School Addition in Williamstown
(WILLIAMSTOWN) – As part of Ontario’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province provided the Upper Canada District School Board approval to proceed to tender an addition to Williamstown Public School in the amount of $6.6 million.
The new addition will provide a new, quality learning environment for the students of Williamstown. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.
“The funding for a new addition to Williamstown Public School is great news for our community,” said MPP Jim McDonell, the MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “This investment will ensure families and students have access to a quality learning environment in the years to come.”
Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.
“Working families deserve access to state-of-the-art learning centres with modern ventilation and safety top of mind,” said Minister of Education Stephen Lecce. “By building a new addition to Williamstown Public School, our government is supporting Williamstown families and helping to prepare students for lifelong success.”
The Ontario government has allocated more than $600 million to support ventilation improvements in schools across Ontario as part of its plans for a safer return to school. The Upper Canada District School Board has benefited from an investment of $5.9 million for ventilation improvements and has 1,996 HEPA filter units in place.
Highlights of the project include:
· 121 elementary student spaces
· Renewal work for upgrades to the existing facility
Williamstown Public School is located at 19754 County Road 17, Williamstown, ON.
- On November 4, the province released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build the foundation for Ontario’s recovery and prosperity by getting shovels in the ground on projects like new schools and child care.
- Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $1.5 billion in capital projects in education, including 76 new schools, 75 additions and renovations to existing facilities and 4,908 new licensed child care places.
- For 2021-22, the province is also providing school boards with $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
- The governments of Canada and Ontario are providing $656.5 million in funding for critical infrastructure projects to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province’s schools through the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
- The federal government provides 2.5 per cent of the total cost support for early learning and child care operating expenses in Ontario, with Ontario families, the provincial and municipal governments providing the remainder.
- Ontario has provided emergency child care for the school-aged children of frontline workers, including public safety and health care workers, as well as those working with vulnerable populations, at no out-of-pocket cost. In 2021, at its peak, this program provided over 12,000 children with high-quality child care each day across 717 sites province-wide.
- Ontario is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the 2021 child care expenses of over 300,000 families.