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  • January 24, 2018

Ontario Investing in Students and Families with New and Improved Schools in Southwestern Ontario

Ontario is supporting families in London and Southwestern Ontario with an investment of $67.4 million for three new schools, two additions and two retrofit projects that will provide a modern learning environment for students and more licensed child care spaces.

Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre was at Masonville Public School in London to announce that the province is investing in seven projects that will accommodate over 2,300 and includes 6 new child care rooms with 112 new licensed child care spaces.

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, to help more families access safe and affordable child care closer to home.

The regional projects include:

Thames Valley District School Board:

-       $14 million for a new school in Southeast London for 500 students with 88 new child care spaces.

-       $6 million for an addition to Masonville Public School.

-       $3.7 million for an addition to Tweedsmuir Public School.

London District Catholic School Board

-       $10.5 million for a new North London elementary school that will accommodate over 500 students.

-       $3.2 million for a retrofit at St. Bernadette’s School.

Lambton Kent District School Board

-       $27.4 million for a Forest-area school for 1,024 students and an additional 24 child care spaces.

-       $2.6 million for Tecumseh Public School in Chatham for retrofitting.



"I am thrilled our government is investing in these projects that are so important to our region. This is great news for so many families and the 2,300 students who will benefit from new and improved schools. I am proud that we are making a real difference for students and families now and for future generations.”

— Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre

“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

“Today’s announcement is an example of the provincial government’s ongoing commitment to making Ontario’s public education system among the best in the world, and will help us meet the needs of students and their families for years to come.” 

-       Matt Reid, Board Chair Thames Valley District School Board

“This is great news for LDCSB. Our schools in the north part of the city are bursting with students. A new school in the area will relieve the pressure on severely overcrowded existing schools and also be able to accommodate new students moving into an area that is experiencing significant residential development. As well, the funding for the upgrade at St. Bernadette is an important part of addressing the facility needs for our East London school communities."

-       John Jevnikar, Chair of the Board of Trustees, London District Catholic School Board

“The Ministry of Education’s investment to build a new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in Forest symbolizes a new vision for the future of education in the community. We are also grateful to the Province for its funding to support a retrofit of the Full-Day Kindergarten space at Tecumseh Public School in Chatham. These investments will allow the Lambton Kent District School Board to create innovative learning environments that meet the needs of our current and future students.”

-       Elizabeth Hudie, Board Chair, Lambton Kent District School Board



  • Ontario is investing more than $67.4 million to help build 3 new schools and renovate and expand 4 schools in Southwestern Ontario. These projects will create a total of 112 new licensed child care spaces and 6 EarlyON (child and family program) rooms.
  • 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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