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MPP Greg Rickford encouraged by major Rapid Build pilot Investment in St. Mary’s School in Fort Frances

Fort Frances— The Ontario government, in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario and several school boards that were selected from the 2021-22 round of Capital Priorities, will drive forward innovative solutions for accelerated school construction through a Rapid Build pilot that will leverage Infrastructure Ontario’s rapid procurement and rapid delivery expertise, inclusive of the potential to use modular construction methodologies. These alternative builds will identify opportunities for the government to assess for future builds to procure and deliver projects in shorter periods of time so that students can take advantage of new and updated schools sooner. This includes a $2,588,357 investment for an addition to St. Mary’s School in Fort Frances.

“Now more than ever it is important for students and educators to have access to modern spaces that are conducive to learning,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora – Rainy River. “Students from Fort Frances will benefit from the addition to St. Mary’s school, and our government is committed to providing world class educational facilities so that kids can realize their full potential.”

The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion over 10 years to support school construction, repair, and renewal. There are currently more than 300 childcare and education building-related projects in development across Ontario with more than 100 actively under construction.

“We are building new schools, building more affordable childcare spaces, and building hope and opportunity for Ontario students as they learn in more normal and safer classrooms,” said Minister Lecce. “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.”

Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $2.0 billion in capital projects in education, including 100 new schools, 88 additions and renovations to existing facilities and 6,410 new licensed childcare spaces. The support for school-based child care centres is part of the government’s commitment to invest up to $1 billion in the creation of up to 30,000 new licensed child care spaces over five years. To date, over 25,000 new spaces have been approved, which will support families and ensure a stronger and more accessible child care system for Ontario families.

Quick Facts

  • 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 $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.