Building New Student Spaces in KanataPublished on October 13, 2021
Province Approves Addition and Renovation to St. James Catholic Elementary School
As part of Ontario's ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province has given Ottawa Catholic District School Board approval to tender an addition and renovation to St. James Catholic Elementary School.
The $5.3 million investment will add a new, quality-learning environment for the children of Kanata. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.
“The funding for St. James Catholic Elementary School is great news for our community,” said Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton. “This provincial investment will provide a quality learning environment and modern classrooms for Kanata students.”
This is an important day for the St. James Catholic School community, said Thomas D'Amico, Director of Education. "This expansion will ensure our students continue to learn in a modern facility that will provide space for a quality Catholic Education in Kanata for years to come. The new addition will feature classrooms designed to support innovative learning in a faith-based environment."
Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for thousands of students across the province.
“From modernizing our curriculum to revitalizing our classrooms and their facilities, we are investing in our students and giving them every tool to achieve their full potential,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Our construction of the addition and renovation to St. James Catholic Elementary School further demonstrates our government’s historic investment in Ontario’s schools and our overall commitment to supporting our students and families.”
Highlights of the school addition include:
- Six new classrooms
- 138 student addition
St. James Catholic Elementary School is located at 50 Stonehaven Drive in Kanata.
- 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 about $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.
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