A joint statement released on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 announced that the Ontario provincial government would build a new elementary school at the Halton District School Board (HDSB) in North Oakville.
Currently called “Oakville NE # 3 Public School,” the province is investing $ 20.8 million in the project, which in turn will create nearly 800 places for students in the city.
In a unique ad format (but safe given current conditions), Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos led Tuesday’s announcement via a Zoom call.
The new northeast school is expected to be completed by 2023 and will be built north of Dundas Street and east of Eighth Line. The school is expected to include 788 new places for pupils (all at the primary level), 88 new places in licensed day care centers and five new day care rooms. There is no word yet on the specific classes the school will teach.
“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made safer schools a priority, which is why we continue to invest in modern and accessible learning spaces with improved ventilation,” said Minister Lecce . “This investment is part of our multi-year plan to build, expand and modernize schools and daycares across the province.
Triantafilopoulos adds that this will benefit North Oakville for a number of reasons: “The rapid growth in North Oakville has meant that too many students have been transported long distances out of their community or had to learn on laptops. “
This is the fourth new school announced and / or opened in the Oakville North-Burlington constituency since 2018. This list includes two public elementary schools, one Catholic elementary school, and one public high school.
Margo Shuttleworth, President of the Halton District School Board. said the board is “grateful for the support of the Ontario government and the Ministry of Education in funding the construction of this new school which will be designed to accommodate new growth in northeast Oakville.”
“It’s wonderful to see how we are working together to reduce the pressures of accommodation and temporary locations for students due to the high population growth in communities in our region. “
More information on this new announcement is available online on the website of MPP Triantafilopoulos.