FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022
QUINTE WEST – The Ontario government is providing the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board $4.6 million for an addition at the Murray Centennial Public Elementary School, helping working families in Quinte West. This investment, announced today by Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, will support the creation of 170 new student spaces as part of the Ford Government’s commitment to building state-of-the-art schools for Ontario youth.
“The new addition at Murray Centennial Public School is great news for our community,” said Smith. “This investment will provide choice and flexibility for families and new opportunities for the children of Quinte West.”
Diane Lloyd, the Chairperson for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, welcomed the Province’s investment in the project.
“We want schools to be at the heart of the communities they serve, from preschool to graduation. We extend our sincere thanks to the provincial government for this capital investment that makes it possible to better house our students here at Murray Centennial Public School,” said Lloyd. “The school has been experiencing enrolment pressures for a number of years, and the funding for this new addition is much needed to address these challenges. We are very excited for the opportunity to enhance this school, which we know will benefit our students and families in the Murray Centennial school community for many years to come.”
The project is part of a province-wide investment of nearly $500 million to support new school and child-care spaces were recently announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. The overall investment will support the creation of 37 school related projects, which include 23 child-care centres. This funding will add nearly 15,700 new student spaces and 1,502 licensed child-care spaces at schools across Ontario.
“We are building new schools, building more affordable child care spaces, and building hope and opportunity for Ontario students as they learn in more normal and safer classrooms,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We believe that students deserve to learn in-person in state-of-the-art facilities that are internet connected, accessible, with modern ventilation systems, which is why our government is delivering a major investment that accelerates construction to get it done for parents, students, and communities.”
The investment is also part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over 10 years. Since 2018, the government has approved nearly 200 projects and there are currently more than 300 child-care and education building-related projects in development, with more than 100 actively under construction.
“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, our government is delivering more schools across the province to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities. By cutting red tape and introducing the Rapid Build pilot project to expedite procurement and construction processes to build better schools faster, we’re ensuring that students reap the benefits of state-of-the-art learning facilities sooner and have access to education in a safe and healthy environment.” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are just one of the ways we’re building critical infrastructure – such as schools, hospitals, long-term care homes and public transit – that Ontarians rely on with a budget over $148 billion over the next decade.”
Murray Centennial Public School is located at 654 County Road 40 in Trenton.
- For 2022-23, 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 $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.