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  • January 23, 2018

Ontario Bringing New Schools and More Child Care Spaces to Kingston, Belleville and Madoc

Province Supporting Students and Families with New and Improved Facilities

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:

  • A new joint-use French Language Public and Catholic Secondary school in Kingston that will share common spaces and feature three child care rooms with space for 49 children. Both schools will together accommodate 600 students.
  • A new Catholic elementary school in the Woodhaven subdivision of Kingston which will include four new child care rooms with space for 73 children and three EarlyON child and family rooms. This new project will accommodate nearly 500 students.
  • A new elementary school in Belleville to replace Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth Public Schools that will accommodate nearly 500 students.
  • Additions to Moira Secondary School, St. Joseph Catholic School and Centre Hastings Secondary School in Belleville and Madoc that will accommodate nearly 600 students.

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


  • Ontario is investing over $67 million to help build new schools in Kingston and Belleville and fund additions to two schools in Belleville and one addition in Madoc. These projects will create a total of more than 120 new licensed child care spaces.
  • Included in this $67 million dollar investment, nearly $24 million will go towards the construction of the new joint-use facilities for École secondaire publique Mille-Îles and École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier will include the Centre Culturel Frontenac community hub that will offer French-language summer camp, library and theatre programs.
  • Across the province, Ontario is investing $784 million to build 39 new schools and renovate and expand another 40. This investment will also create more than 2,700 new licensed child spaces for children aged 0-4.
  • Since 2013, the government has invested $9.1 billion in capital funding for school boards to support more than 160 new schools and more than 460 additions and renovations.
  • Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding over the next five years to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities.
  • Offering more licensed child care spaces aligns with the government’s commitment to support community hubs that provide citizen-focused, co-ordinated services such as child care, education, health care and social services.
  • Community hubs help people in their everyday lives by offering multiple services, often in a highly integrated, client-centred way and under one roof.


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