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MPP Rickford Announces $2.6M For New School in Rainy River

NESTOR FALLS – The Ontario government is investing $2.6 million in the Rainy River District School Board for a new Nestor Falls Elementary School, helping families in Rainy River. This investment, announced by Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, will support the creation of 46 elementary student spaces and is part of the Ford government’s commitment to building state-of-the-art schools for Ontario youth.

“The new Nestor Falls Elementary School is welcomed news for our region,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “This provincial investment will provide choice and flexibility for families and new opportunities for the children of Rainy River. This is another great example of how our government is improving access to education and building stronger community infrastructure.” 

The project is part of a provincewide investment of nearly $500 million to support new school and childcare spaces. The overall investment will support 37 school related projects including 23 childcare centres. This funding will add nearly 15,700 new student spaces and 1,502 licensed childcare spaces at schools across Ontario.

“We are building new schools, building more affordable childcare spaces, and building hope and opportunities 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 and have modern ventilation systems, which is why our government is delivering another major investment that accelerates construction to get it done for parents, students, and communities.”

“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.”

“The new Nestor Falls School is an exciting announcement for our students, staff, and families of Nestor Falls,” said Heather Campbell, Director of Education, Rainy River District School Board. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Rapid Build program, providing the Board with a modular build that enhances accessibility, offers enhanced teaching and learning spaces, and continues the work to make our schools safe and supportive for all students and staff.”

Nestor Falls Public Elementary School is located at 11 School Road in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls.

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.