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Historic $1.3 Billion Investment Announced for School Construction in Ontario

In a landmark move, the Ontario government has unveiled a groundbreaking investment of $1.3 billion to bolster school construction across the province. This unprecedented funding initiative is set to pave the way for the creation of 27,093 new student spaces and 1,759 child care spaces, marking a significant milestone in Ontario’s commitment to education infrastructure.

The momentous announcement was made in Oakville today by Education Minister Stephen Lecce, joined by Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy and Parliamentary Assistants Natalie Pierre and Billy Pang. Minister Lecce hailed the investment as the largest of its kind in Ontario’s history, emphasizing its pivotal role in providing students with access to cutting-edge educational facilities that equip them with essential skills for the future.

“This $1.3 billion in funding represents the single largest investment in school building in Ontario’s history,” declared Minister Lecce. “We are stepping up with a massive investment to build the homes, schools, and communities our province needs, and to ensure children have access to state-of-the-art schools close to home that give them real life and job skills to succeed in the future.”

The investment underscores the Ontario government’s commitment to prioritizing core skills such as reading, writing, and math, while also enhancing transparency and accountability for parents and families. Finance Minister Bethlenfalvy emphasized the imperative of accommodating Ontario’s burgeoning population through the construction of schools, aligning with the broader vision to bolster infrastructure and spur economic growth.

“With Ontario’s population growing, we need to continue to build schools so students can learn close to home,” Minister Bethlenfalvy affirmed. “This is part of our Plan to Build a Better Ontario by investing in infrastructure to get more homes, schools, hospitals, and highways built faster, attract better jobs with bigger paycheques, and keep costs down for families.”

The investment initiative forms part of a comprehensive strategy that has seen the approval or support of over 300 school-related projects since 2018, with more than 100 projects currently underway. The 2024 Budget: Building a Better Ontario further solidifies the province’s commitment to enhancing education infrastructure and maximizing taxpayer-funded assets through the Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act.


The announcement of this historic $1.3 billion investment in Ontario’s education infrastructure marks a significant milestone in the province’s commitment to fostering a conducive learning environment for its students. The allocation of funds towards the construction and expansion of schools not only addresses the pressing need for additional educational spaces but also underscores the government’s dedication to investing in the future of its citizens.

By prioritizing essential skills and emphasizing transparency and accountability, the government aims to ensure that students are equipped with the tools they need to thrive in an ever-evolving world. Moreover, the investment aligns with broader efforts to accommodate Ontario’s growing population and bolster economic growth through strategic infrastructure development.

As construction commences on these new and expanded school facilities, communities across the province can look forward to enhanced educational opportunities and a brighter future for generations to come.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

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