Ontario Government Building New Child Care Spaces in EtobicokePublished on October 22, 2021
Province Approves Child Care Addition to École élémentaire Félix-Leclerc
Ontario's government is investing in local schools and new licensed child care spaces.
The province has given Conseil Scolaire Viamonde approval to proceed to tender a child care centre addition to École élémentaire Félix-Leclerc. The $2.5 million investment will add a new, quality learning environment for the students of Etobicoke. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to build more child care spaces for Ontario’s families.
“Our support for this new school gymnasium and child care in Etobicoke is great news for our community,” said Kinga Surma, MPP for Etobicoke Centre. “We have a growing community here and we need to continue to invest in childcare and education facilities.”
Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.
“From modernizing our curriculum to revitalizing our classrooms and their facilities, we are investing in our students and giving them every tool to achieve their full potential,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Our construction of the child care centre addition to École élémentaire Félix-Leclerc further demonstrates our government’s historic investment in Ontario’s schools and child care centres, as well as our overall commitment to supporting our children and families.”
Highlights of the child care centre addition include:
- 49 new licensed child care spaces.
- 3 new child care rooms.
“We are delighted that the government is providing us with these funds to expand child care services in Etobicoke and surrounding areas” said Chair of Viamonde, Madame Sylvie A. Landry. More and more French-speaking families will be able to entrust their young children to professionals working in a totally French-speaking secular environment. They will be able to play, learn, grow, and above all make their dreams come true in French. We are very grateful to the government for helping us continue our mission as a leader in education.”
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 Conseil Scolaire Viamonde has benefited from an investment of $12.3 million for ventilation improvements and have over 1,800 HEPA filter units in place.
École élémentaire Félix-Leclerc is located at 50 Celestine Drive in Etobicoke.
- The Ontario Government is working with school board partners to invest in capital projects that advance safe and accessible learning opportunities for students.
- To create new opportunities for Ontario’s families, the government is investing up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools over five years.
- Over the next ten years, the Ontario government is investing $14 billion in capital grants, including allocating $550 million in 2020-21 for new schools, additions and major renovations.
- This massive investment will build new schools and help existing schools after a decade of closures and maintenance backlog.
- Ontario has announced additional funding of $25 million to further improve ventilation in schools as students return for in-person learning this fall. This additional funding brings the net new investments in school ventilation to $600 million.
- The province is also providing school boards with a historic $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
- This funding could be used to replace aging heating or air conditioning systems, repair roofs and windows, and install important accessibility features like elevators and ramps.
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