Ontario School Addition Announcement

As part of the province’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the Ontario government has provided the Conseil scolaire Viamonde with approval to issue the tender for the new addition at École élémentaire publique Pavillon de la jeunesse to create more child care spaces. This is supported by an investment of $5 million, which includes additional funding of $3.4 million.

Once completed, this project will deliver 49 licensed childcare spaces for local families. The investment is part of Ontario’s commitment to providing about $15 billion to support school construction, repair, and renewal over 10 years. Since 2018, the government has approved or supported the development of nearly 300 school-related projects including child care, of which more than 100 are actively under construction.

“The funding for a new addition at École élémentaire publique Pavillon de la jeunesse in Hamilton is great news for our community,” said Neil Lumsden, MPP for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek. “This investment will ensure families and students have access to a quality learning environment in the years ahead.”

Additionally, Ontario is taking action to ensure that school board capital assets are used effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of growing communities, support student learning and ensure value for taxpayer dollars. The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 empowers decision-makers to build modern schools faster by better-utilizing school capacity, reducing barriers for school boards to facilitate agreements for schools in multi-use buildings such as condo towers, and shortening planning time through design standardization when constructing, renovating, or making additions to schools.

“We are determined to build schools and expansions faster, part of our commitment to modernize schools in fast-growing communities,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We are proud to deliver this critical expansion at École élémentaire publique Pavillon de la jeunesse for Hamilton families, along with increasing funding, staffing and a back-to-basics focus on reading, writing and math skills to help ensure students graduate with confidence that they can succeed in good-paying careers.” 

Highlights of the project include:

  • 3 new child care rooms (49 new child care spaces)

“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, we’re building more state-of-the-art schools to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities. By investing in innovative and modern learning spaces, we’re ensuring students have access to the quality education that will provide them with lifelong skills and education in a safe and healthy environment,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are one of the ways we’re delivering on our promise to build Ontario, with an infrastructure budget of more than $148 billion over the next decade.”

“We thank the Ministry of Education for granting funds that will allow for the addition of daycare spots at École Pavillon de la Jeunesse. Through this investment, the government acknowledges the importance of increasing French-language childcare services to ensure the sustainability of the Francophone community in Ontario.”

École élémentaire publique Pavillon de la jeunesse is located at 105 High Street in Hamilton.  

Quick Facts

  • Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $2.2 billion in capital projects in education, including 100 new schools, 88 additions and renovations to existing facilities and nearly 6,500 new licensed child care spaces.
  • For the 2023-24 school year, the province is providing school boards with approximately $1.4 billion in funding to revitalize and renew aged building systems and components.
  • In June 2023, Ontario passed the Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 that will ensure the public education system focuses on what matters most: teaching important life-long skills such as reading, writing and math; improving accountability and transparency for parents and families; maximizing capital assets of boards to support building modern schools faster and better utilizing current school capacity.
  • In March 2022, Ontario secured a six-year, $13.2 billion agreement with the federal government that will lower fees for families to an average of $10 a day for children under the age of six. Ontario aims to reach that target by September 2025.

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