January 23, 2018
Ontario is supporting families in Kingston and Belleville with new and improved schools that will provide modern learning environments for students, more licensed child care spaces and community hubs.
Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, was at the Centre Culturel Frontenac in Kingston today to announce the new projects that will benefit the communities including:
This is part of a new investment across the province to build 39 brand new schools and undertake 40 major renovations or additions that will include more than 2,700 licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4, helping more families access safe and affordable child care closer to home.
Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
"French education has changed dramatically since I took it at school in Kingston and the Islands. The French public and French Catholic boards, are coming together to collaborate with the Centre Culturel Frontenac, to create an innovative education and cultural hub. Supporting the burgeoning demand for French services that is already present in our community, this inclusive and welcoming centre will attract Francophones from across the province and country. We are also supporting the Woodhaven subdivision by building a new Catholic elementary school including four new childcare rooms for 73 children. The new schools will be places where children will thrive, and families will want to be present and involved. Our government’s investment is great news for Francophone families in the Kingston area. We are making an incredible difference for students and families now and in the future.”
— Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
“These new schools, renovations and additions are an important investment for communities across Ontario. They will help to build a strong foundation for our children's education. These projects will provide students with great learning environments and will support working families with access to safe, quality licensed child care closer to home.”
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care
"The creation of a combined French-language public, and French-language Catholic secondary school and a French-language elementary Catholic school in Kingston is the culmination of the exceptional work from the community, the French-language school boards and our government. Through this collaboration and the resulting innovative approach, Kingston families now have greater options for quality education in French, close to home. These investments reinforce Kingston’s Francophone community."
- Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs
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