MPP Hogarth announces $36M for new replacement of Bishop Allen AcademyPublished on October 30, 2020
NEWS October 30, 2020
ETOBICOKE – The Ontario government is investing $550 million in accelerated funding to build 20 new schools and make upgrades to 8 existing facilities.
As part of its plan for a safe return to school, the Ontario government is supporting the Toronto Catholic District School Board with approval for a new replacement of Bishop Allen Academy. For families in Etobicoke, this investment will mean an improved, quality learning environment. This new school is part of the province’s 2020-2021 Capital Priorities Program to support students with better and more modern learning spaces.
“These are not just investments in bricks and mortar, our government is investing in the future of our children by creating a better learning environment,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. “By building and upgrading Bishop Allen Academy we are providing students with access to modern classroom settings and the latest technology which will lead to new opportunities and lifelong success.”
“As the Catholic School Board Trustee for Bishop Allen Academy as well as a parent of two children who have attended Bishop Allen, I am well aware and grateful of the quality of education being delivered at this school by its excellent teachers and staff,” said Teresa Lubinski, Ward 4 trustee TCDSB. “I am very pleased that the Premier, the Minister of Education, and the local MPP Christine Hogarth have listened to the voices of the students, the parents and the entire Etobicoke community, in making this long held dream a reality.”
“This government firmly believes that your children deserve to learn in state of the art, modern, technologically connected and accessible schools,” said Minister Lecce. “We will continue to take action, like the new Bishop Allen Academy, to ensure students are safe today and well into the future by approving more new school buildings and permanent additions and increasing access to child care for working parents.”
Highlights of the new school include:
● 1300 new secondary student spaces.
The replacement Bishop Allen Academy will be located at 721 Royal York Road, Etobicoke.
• The Ontario Government is working with school board partners to invest in capital projects that advance safe and accessible learning opportunities for students.
• The Ontario government is investing more than $62.4 million to build two new secondary schools in Etobicoke.
• 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.
• The Ontario Government announced in Budget 2019 that over the next ten years, Ontario is investing over $12 billion in capital grants, including allocating $550M in 2020-2021 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 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.