Ontario Government Improves Etobicoke School and Builds Child Care

Published on October 22, 2021

Province gives approval to design and plan for a new gym at Father Serra CES

As part of Ontario's ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province provided approval to the Toronto Catholic District School Board to plan and design a new gymnasium along with the approved child care centre at Father Serra Catholic Elementary School.

The $3.9 million new gymnasium will encourage more students to exercise and adopt healthier lifestyles. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning space. The province is also providing $1.5 million in support of a new child care centre.

“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. “This investment will ensure families and students have access to a quality learning environment that will help them stay mentally and physically healthy.”

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 schools with modern ventilation and safety top of mind,” said Minister of Education Stephen Lecce. “By approving the new gymnasium and child care centre, we are better supporting Etobicoke families and promoting the physical and mental health of students.”

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 Toronto Catholic District School Board has benefited from an investment of $16.8 million for ventilation improvements and have over 7,000 HEPA filter units in place.

Father Serra CES is located at 111 Sun Row Drive, Etobicoke, ON.  

 

Quick Facts:

 

  • 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.

MPP Contact Information

MPP Kinga Surma

416-234-2800

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