Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement of an additional $120 million in Northern Ontario schools today at Northern Heights Public School in Sault Ste. Marie. This will ensuring that they remain safe, modern places to learn in. The province will be investing a total of $300 million over the next two years.
As part of the new investments announced today, the four school boards serving the Sault Ste. Marie region will receive more than $62 million over two years — nearly $25 million more than originally budgeted.
The $300 million in funding for northern schools will help school boards repair roofs, update HVAC units, and modernize electrical and plumbing systems. It will also help improve parts of schools that directly impact students’ daily lives, including walls, flooring, ceilings and playing fields.
The funding to repair and renew Northern schools is part of a provincewide investment of $2.7 billion over two years. This is $1.1 billion more than the government initially allocated.
This funding is part of the largest public infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — $160 billion over 12 years — which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.
Investing in schools is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.