News Release: Ontario Government Building New School in Kleinburg
Updated: Jun 22, 2022
As part of Ontario's ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province provided the York Region District School Board with approval to proceed to tender a new Kleinburg-Nashville Elementary School. This will be supported by an investment of over $21 million, which includes additional funding of $6.2 million.
The new school will provide more student spaces in a new, quality learning environment for the growing student population in Kleinburg, as well as safe and affordable child care for working families. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.
“I am proud to announce additional funding to get the Kleinburg-Nashville Elementary School built for local families in Vaughan,” said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan. “With the population growing, this $21 million investment will ensure a state-of-the-art school with modern ventilation, technology, internet connectivity, and affordable child care is available for local families that need it most."
Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for thousands of students across the province.
“By building the new Kleinburg-Nashville Elementary School for over 630 students, delivering affordable child care, and unveiling the largest tutoring program in Ontario history, we are providing hope for families, students, and the entire community," concluded MPP Lecce. "I want to recognize the parents in the community for their relentless advocacy, and the York Region District School Board for making school expansion in Kleinburg a priority for local families, because together we are getting this done."
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 York Region District School Board has benefited from an investment of $17.5 million for ventilation improvements and has 1313 HEPA filter units in place.
Highlights of the project include:
638 elementary student spaces
39 licensed child care spaces
Two child care rooms
The new Kleinburg-Nashville Elementary School will be located at the corner of Barons Street and Algoma Drive in Kleinburg.
On November 4, the province released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build the foundation for Ontario’s recovery and prosperity by getting shovels in the ground on projects like new schools and child care.
Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $1.5 billion in capital projects in education, including 76 new schools, 75 additions and renovations to existing facilities and 4,908 new licensed child care places.
For 2021-22, the province is also providing school boards with $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are providing $656.5 million in funding for critical infrastructure projects to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province's schools through the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
The federal government provides 2.5 per cent of the total cost support for early learning and child care operating expenses in Ontario, with Ontario families, the provincial and municipal governments providing the remainder.
Ontario has provided emergency child care for the school-aged children of frontline workers, including public safety and health care workers, as well as those working with vulnerable populations, at no out-of-pocket cost. In 2021, at its peak, this program provided over 12,000 children with high-quality child care each day across 717 sites province-wide.
Ontario is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the 2021 child care expenses of over 300,000 families.