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MPP Andrea Khanjin Supporting and Improving Schools in Innisfil

The Ontario government is investing $9.4 million to improve Killarney Beach Public School and the new Innisfil South Elementary School which is currently being constructed. This investment in both the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board the Simcoe Count District School Board announced by Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil, will support the creation of 276 student spaces as part of the Provincial Government's commitment to building modern, accessible, and technologically connected schools for youth right here in our local community for the Town of Innisfil.

Investment

Student Spaces

School Board

Location

$7.2 M

Permanent Addition

184 pupil places

Simcoe County DSB

Killarney Beach

PS Addition


Location: 850 20th Sideroad, Churchill, ON

$2.2 M

Permanent Addition

92 pupil places

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic DSB

Innisfil South Elementary


Location: Innisfil, site to be acquired

These projects are part of a province wide investment of more than $600 million to support new schools and child care spaces that were recently announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. The overall investment will support 78 school and child care related projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $565 million to create more than 19,700 new student spaces and 1,500 child care spaces at schools across the province.


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


“I have continuously advocated for more schools to serve our growing population, and this new addition at Killarney Beach Public School and an added addition to the brand new Innisfil South Catholic Elementary School that is being built is great news for our community,” said Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie – Innisfil. “These investments will provide choice and flexibility for families and new opportunities for the children of Innisfil as the town continues to exponentially grow and thrive.”


Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.


Highlights of the Killarney Beach Public School project include:

  • 184 elementary student spaces.

  • The addition includes a gymnasium and renovation of internal space

“The SCDSB is committed to creating and maintaining learning environments that support our students’ success. We appreciate the support that the Ministry of Education continues to provide as they fund capital projects,” says Jodi Lloyd, SCDSB Chairperson of the Board. “Many communities in Simcoe County are growing, and the SCDSB is growing with them. The addition at Killarney Beach PS will help accommodate the needs of the Innisfil community now and into the future.”


“This announcement is positive news for the SCDSB and for the Innisfil community. The addition at Killarney Beach PS will allow us to continue to improve our learning and teaching spaces,” says John Dance, SCDSB Director of Education. “SCDSB staff have worked diligently to help the Ministry of Education understand our needs as a growing board. We look forward to working with the Town of Innisfil and other community partners to support that growing community.”


The Ontario government has allocated more than $600 million to support ventilation improvements in schools across Ontario as part of its plans for a safer return to school. The Simcoe County DSB has benefited from an investment of $14.6 million for ventilation improvements and has 360 HEPA filter units in place.


Killarney Beach Public School is located at 850 20th Side Road in Lefroy.


Highlights of the Innisfil South Elementary project include:

  • 92 elementary student spaces

  • The new Innisfil South Catholic Elementary School was approved in 2019-20 Capital Priorities

  • The first approval dated March 31, 2020 was for a total allocation of $11,211,846 and included a 401 pupil place school consisting of 4 Kindergartens, 12 classrooms and one special needs classroom. Also included in that allocation is a 3 room child care.

  • The second approval dated November 23, 2021 was for a total allocation of $2,219,212 and included 92 additional pupil places consisting of 4 classrooms.

  • The new 493 pupil place school is currently under design with a planned opening of September 2023 with a total allocation of $13,431,058

"We know that there is tremendous growth planned for the Innisfil community and this new Catholic elementary school in the southeast area near Lefroy will be a welcome addition to the subdivisions being built in the area," said Joe Zerdin, SMCDSB Board Chair. "It is always exciting when we can plan for a new school and make improvements to our existing facilities - the provincial government's recent investments in improving school infrastructure throughout the pandemic has kept our staff busy and our students are certainly benefiting from the improvements that are being made."


The Ontario government has allocated more than $600 million to support ventilation improvements in schools across Ontario as part of its plans for a safer return to school. The


Simcoe Muskoka Catholic DSB has benefited from an investment of $9.5 million for ventilation improvements and has over 140 HEPA filter units in place.


The new Innisfil South Catholic Elementary School will be located in Innisfil.


“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made safer schools a priority, which is why we continue to invest in modern and accessible learning spaces with improved ventilation,” said Minister Lecce. “This investment is part of our multiyear plan to build, expand, and update schools and child care spaces across our province. It will leave a lasting legacy that benefits working families for years to come.”



Quick Facts:

  • On November 4, the province released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build the foundation for Ontario’s recovery and prosperity by getting shovels in the ground on projects like new schools and child care.

  • Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $1.5 billion in capital projects in education, including 76 new schools, 75 additions and renovations to existing facilities and 4,908 new licensed child care places.

  • For 2021-22, 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.

  • The federal government provides 2.5 per cent of the total cost support for early learning and child care operating expenses in Ontario, with Ontario families, the provincial and municipal governments providing the remainder.

  • Ontario has provided emergency child care for the school-aged children of frontline workers, including public safety and health care workers, as well as those working with vulnerable populations, at no out-of-pocket cost. In 2021, at its peak, this program provided over 12,000 children with high-quality child care each day across 717 sites province-wide.

  • Ontario is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the 2021 child care expenses of over 300,000 families.

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