Ontario Investing $18.9M to Build a New French School in London – London

The Minister of Education announced more than $19 million to build a new French-language Catholic high school in London, Ontario, and to upgrade existing child care spaces.

Ontario has committed $18.9 million for the construction of a new secondary school for the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, the French Catholic board, as well as $267,000 for the renovation of a daycare service at the École elementary Marie-Curie, which comes under the French-speaking public council.

Funding for the two schools will support the creation of a total of 587 student places and 39 licensed childcare places, the government said.

“Our government recognizes the importance of providing London’s Francophone community with modern schools and affordable childcare services. That’s why we’re proud to invest again in London by funding a new school and daycare center,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

“This investment is part of our ongoing commitment and plan to build, expand and modernize schools and child care spaces in our province, supported by the highest level of investment in French-language education in the Ontario history.

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The new Monseigneur-Bruyère Catholic High School will be built on a site in London to be acquired and will include students from grades 7 to 12 and will be able to accommodate up to 587 students.

“For the past seven years, Providence Catholic School Board’s Capital Plan has identified this construction project as a priority for our families and our community in and around London,” said Joseph Picard, Director of the Education, Providence Catholic School Board.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome today’s announcement for a new French-Catholic secondary school in London. With this funding, students will benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment that will allow them to innovate and thrive in the digital age.

The $267,412 for the renovation of a child care facility at Marie Curie Elementary School at 40 Hunt Club Drive is funded under the Early Years Capital Program (EYCP) and will include both a toddler room and a preschool room with 39 licensed child care spaces.

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“With this investment, the Department recognizes the pressing need for new Francophone daycare spaces in the London area and supports the school board and its partners in their common mission to contribute to the sustainability of the Franco-Ontarian community,” said Benoit Fortin, vice-president of the Viamonde school board.

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The projects are part of a provincial investment of more than $600 million to support new school and child care spaces recently announced by the province. The overall investment will support 78 projects related to schools and childcare.

This investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over 10 years.

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