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Dec 2, 2021
ONTARIO BUILDING AND ENHANCING SCHOOLS IN OTTAWA

December 2, 2021

Ontario Building First Catholic Elementary School in Findlay Creek
MPP Goldie Ghamari & Hon Stephen Lecce announce funding for schools in Findlay Creek & Stittsville

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Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton, announced today that the Ontario government is investing $13.2 million to build Findlay Creek’s first Catholic elementary school to help support families and children in this rapidly growing community. This investment in the Ottawa Catholic District School Board will create 507 student spaces as part of the Ontario government’s commitment to building modern, accessible, and technologically connected schools for Ontario youth.

“This is excellent news for the growing community of Findlay Creek,” said MPP Ghamari. “Quality and accessible public education is very important to me.  As someone who is a product of Ontario’s public education system, I believe giving students the opportunity to learn in a modern, and most importantly, a local environment helps prepare them for future success. This new catholic elementary school in Findlay Creek will add much need childcare spaces, flexibility for families, and alleviate pressure on surrounding schools. Thank you to everyone, especially the parents of Findlay Creek, who signed my petition in support of building the first Catholic elementary school in Findlay Creek. Your support for this local initiative was instrumental.”
 

Highlights of the new Catholic elementary school in Findlay Creek include:

  • $13.2 million investment;
  • 507 new elementary student spaces;
  • 39 new licensed childcare spaces;
  • 2 new childcare rooms;
  • Location: Kelly Farm Drive & Findlay Creek Drive.
This new school is part of a province-wide investment of more than $600 million to build new as well as expand current school and childcare spaces that was recently announced by the Minister of Education. The overall investment will support 78 school and childcare related projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $565 million to create more than 19,700 new student spaces and 1,500 childcare spaces at schools across the province.
 
“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 the Minister of Education. “This investment is part of our multiyear plan to build, expand, and update schools and childcare spaces across our province. It will leave a lasting legacy that benefits working families for years to come.”
 
The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over ten years. There are currently more than 300 childcare and education building-related projects in development across Ontario with more than 100 actively under construction.

Ontario's investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.
 
“On behalf of a very grateful Findlay Creek community, I want to thank the Ministry of Education and the province for their continued support. MPP Goldie Ghamari, thank you for championing Catholic neighbourhood schools,” said Spencer Warren, Ottawa Catholic School Board Trustee for Zone 4. “This announcement is great news for busy working families who want their children to attend Catholic schools close to home.  One of the reasons I became a School Board Trustee was to help ensure we built a Catholic elementary school in Findlay Creek. It is gratifying to see one of my priorities coming to fruition.”
 
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 Ottawa Catholic DSB has benefited from an investment of $15.1 million for ventilation improvements and has over 900 HEPA filter units in place.
 
“Our families, school board, and Zone 4 Trustee Spencer Warren have spent years lobbying for a new Catholic elementary school in Findlay Creek,” said Mark Mullan. “As Chair of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, I am delighted students will soon have a Catholic school located in their community. I am pleased our parent's concerns have been listened to, and I am grateful local MPP Goldie Ghamari advocated on behalf of the Findlay Creek families. This is a good day for Catholic education in Ottawa.”
 
Findlay Creek (Leitrim ES) will be located at Kelly Farm Drive & Findlay Creek Drive in Ottawa.
 
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L’Ontario ajoute de nouvelles places pour les élèves de l’École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais à Stittsville 

Goldie Ghamari, députée provinciale de Carleton, a annoncé aujourd’hui que le gouvernement de l’Ontario investirait 12 millions de dollars pour améliorer et agrandir l’École secondaire catholique (ÉSC) Paul-Desmarais afin d’aider les familles et les élèves de Stittsville. Cet investissement auprès du Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) permettra de créer 389 nouvelles places pour les élèves, dans le cadre de l’engagement du gouvernement de l’Ontario à construire des écoles modernes, accessibles et branchées sur la technologie pour les jeunes de la province.
 

"Le nouvel ajout de 389 places pour les élèves à l’ÉSC Paul-Desmarais est une excellente nouvelle pour la communauté grandissante de Stittsville », a déclaré la députée Ghamari. "Je crois que tout le monde devrait avoir la possibilité d’apprendre en français. Cet investissement de 12 millions de dollars est essentiel au soutien de la population francophone croissante de Stittsville et contribuera grandement à l’ajout de places pour les élèves francophones, qui en ont bien besoin. Merci à tous ceux, et en particulier aux parents de Stittsville, qui ont signé ma pétition en faveur de la création de places supplémentaires à l’ÉSC Paul-Desmarais. Votre soutien à cette initiative locale a été déterminant."
 

Les points essentiels du projet sont les suivants:

● Un investissement de 12 millions de dollars;
● 389 nouvelles places pour des élèves dans une école secondaire de langue française.
 

Cette nouvelle école fait partie d’un investissement de plus de 600 millions de dollars à l’échelle de la province, annoncé récemment par le ministre de l’Éducation de l’Ontario, pour la construction et l’agrandissement d’écoles et de garderies. L’investissement global permettra de financer 78 projets liés aux écoles et aux services de garde d’enfants. Dans le cadre de cet investissement, la province a consacré plus de 565 millions de dollars à la création de plus de 19 700 nouvelles places pour les élèves et de 1 500 places en garderie dans les écoles de la province.

"En réponse à la pandémie de COVID-19, nous avons fait de la sécurité des écoles une priorité, c’est pourquoi nous continuons à investir dans des espaces d’apprentissage modernes et accessibles avec une meilleure ventilation," a déclaré le ministre de l’Éducation.  "Cet investissement fait partie de notre plan pluriannuel de construction, d’agrandissement et de mise à jour des écoles et des espaces de garde d’enfants à travers notre province. Il laissera un héritage durable qui profitera aux familles actives pour les années à venir."
 

Cet investissement s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’engagement du gouvernement de l’Ontario à consacrer 14 milliards de dollars à la construction d’écoles sur dix ans. À l’heure actuelle, plus de 300 projets de construction de bâtiments destinés à l’éducation et à la garde d’enfants sont en cours de conception dans tout l’Ontario, et plus de 100 sont en cours de construction.
 

L’investissement de l’Ontario dans des écoles nouvelles et modernisées jettera les bases d’un environnement d’apprentissage moderne pour des centaines d’élèves de la province.

"Je tiens à remercier le ministre de l’Édu
cation d’avoir reconnu les besoins croissants de la communauté scolaire de l’École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, qui a connu une croissance rapide au cours des trois dernières années. L’agrandissement permettra d’ajouter 18 nouvelles salles de classe et d’améliorer l’expérience d’apprentissage des élèves tout en réduisant le nombre de salles de classe mobiles sur place," a déclaré Johanne Lacombe, présidente du CECCE.
 

Le gouvernement de l’Ontario a alloué plus de 600 millions de dollars pour appuyer l’amélioration de la ventilation dans les écoles de la province dans le cadre de ses plans pour une rentrée des classes plus sécuritaire. Le CECCE a profité d’un investissement de 15,1 millions de dollars pour l’amélioration de la ventilation et il dispose de plus de 900 unités de filtres HEPA en place.
 

"Cette annonce est une excellente nouvelle pour la communauté francophone de Stittsville," a déclaré Marc Bertrand, directeur de l’éducation du CECCE. "Je tiens également à souligner le soutien inestimable de la députée provinciale Goldie Ghamari, qui n’a cessé de démontrer à la province le besoin crucial de financer les projets d’agrandissement des écoles de la région, dont l’École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais."
 

L’ÉSC Paul-Desmarais est située au 5315, rue Abbott Est, à Ottawa

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 Ontario Adding New Student Spaces to École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais in Stittsville 

Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton, announced today that the Ontario government is investing $12 million to improve and expand École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais to help families and students in Stittsville. This investment in Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Centre-Est de l'Ontario will create 389 new student spaces as part of the Ontario Government’s commitment to building modern, accessible, and technologically connected schools for Ontario youth.

“The new addition of 389 student spaces at ÉSC Paul-Desmarais is great news for the growing community of Stittsville,” said MPP Ghamari. “I believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn in French. This $12 million investment is critical to supporting the growing French-speaking population in Stittsville and will go a long way to adding much needed French-language student spaces. Thank you to everyone, especially the parents of Stittsville, who signed my petition in support of expanding student spaces at ÉSC Paul-Desmarais. Your support for this local initiative was instrumental.”

Highlights of the project include:

  • $12 million investment;
  • 389 new French-language secondary student spaces.

This new school is part of a province-wide investment of more than $600 million to build new as well as expand current school and childcare spaces that was recently announced by Ontario’s Minister of Education.  The overall investment will support 78 school and childcare related projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $565 million to create more than 19,700 new student spaces and 1,500 childcare spaces at schools across the province.

“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 the Minister of Education. “This investment is part of our multiyear plan to build, expand, and update schools and childcare spaces across our province. It will leave a lasting legacy that benefits working families for years to come.”

The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over ten years. There are currently more than 300 childcare and education building-related projects in development across Ontario with more than 100 actively under construction.

Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.

"I would like to thank the Minister of Education for recognizing the growing needs of the school community at the École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, which have been growing rapidly over the past three years. The expansion will add 18 new classrooms and will improve the learning experience for students while reducing the number of on-site portable classrooms," said Johanne Lacombe, President of the CECCE.

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 CECCE has benefited from an investment of $10.5 million for ventilation improvements and has over 1250 HEPA filter units in place.

"This announcement is excellent news for the francophone community of Stittsville,” said Marc Bertrand, Director of Education for the CECCE. “I would also like to recognize the invaluable support of MPP Goldie Ghamari, who has consistently demonstrated to the province the critical need to fund school expansion projects in the area, including École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais.”

ÉSC Paul-Desmarais is located at 5315 Abbott Street East in Ottawa.

 

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Quick Facts:

  • 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.

GOLDIE GHAMARI, MPP

CARLETON

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