Province announces funding for new elementary school in northeast Oakville


Published April 21, 2022 at 5:30 pm

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced Thursday that Oakville will be getting nearly $24 million for a new public elementary school. INSAUGA PHOTO

Oakville will be getting nearly $24 million for a new public elementary school in the Neyagawa Boulevard and Burnhamthorpe Road West area.

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce made the announcement Thursday during a stop at Oakville’s Dr. David R. Williams Public School.

Lecce announced the provincial government will invest nearly $500 million to support 37 school projects, including the new public elementary school in Oakville.

Construction on the new Oakville school is slated to begin in 2024 and be open for the start of school in 2025.

“Building new public and Catholic schools is a top priority for my community and for me, said Effie J. Triantafilopoulos, MPP for Oakville North—Burlington.  “It’s great news that the Ontario Government is creating modern state-of-the-art schools so that all students can have a better learning environment. Since 2018 the Minister of Education has listened to the needs of our fast-growing community.

“With today’s new school announcement, we now have five new schools and a major addition for students in our community.”

Lecce said that once finished, the 2022-2023 Capital Priorities Program projects will create close to 15,700 new student spaces and just over 1,500 new licensed child care spaces in schools.

The new northeast school in Oakville will provide 788 elementary student spaces and five child care rooms, with spaces for 88 younger children.

“We are building new schools, building more affordable child care spaces, and building hope and opportunity for Ontario students as they learn in more normal and safer classrooms,” said Minister Lecce. “We believe that students deserve to learn in-person in state-of-the-art facilities that are internet connected, accessible, with modern ventilation systems, which is why our government is delivering a major investment that accelerates construction to get it done for parents, students, and communities.”

The provincial government says it is committing to provide $14 billion over 10 years to support school construction, repair and renewal.

Triantafilopoulos said, north Oakville has received over $100 million in funding for five new schools.

During his stop, Lecce also announced, in partnership with infrastructure Ontario and five school boards, the start of a Rapid Built Pilot.

The pilot will leverage Infrastructure Ontario’s rapid procurement and rapid delivery expertise, inclusive of the potential to use modular construction methodologies.

These alternative builds will allow them to procure and deliver projects in shorter periods of time so that students can take advantage of new and updated schools sooner.

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