As part of Ontario's ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province provided Simcoe County District School Board with $41.6 million to build the new Maple Ridge Public Secondary School. Construction of the new building in south Barrie is now complete, and the school opened this September for the 2021-22 school year for students in Grade 9 and 10.
This will provide a new, quality learning environment for the students of Barrie. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.
Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.
“The funding for Maple Ridge Public Secondary School, in addition to other local investments in our schools is great news for our community,” said Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “This investment will provide a quality learning environment and new opportunities for the children of Barrie; helping more youth reach their full potential. Our young people are our future, and the investment being announced today means future social and economic prosperity for the students and our community.”
“The Simcoe County District School Board is very pleased to have our newest secondary school, Maple Ridge, open for students this September” said John Dance, Director of Education for The Simcoe County District School Board. “The state-of-the-art facility has generated excitement among the community, and especially among its students. The building showcases the architect’s vision with a design that is built for this age. The facility provides a wide range of programming for the initial class of Grade 9 and 10 students. Maple Ridge is also home to the first artificial turf field and first eight lane artificial track surface in the SCDSB. This building will serve the ever-expanding southeast neighbourhoods of Barrie for decades to come.”
“From modernizing our curriculum to revitalizing our classrooms and their facilities, we are investing in our students and giving them every tool to achieve their full potential,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Our construction of the new Maple Ridge Public Secondary School further demonstrates our government’s historic investment in Ontario’s schools and our overall commitment to supporting our students and families.”
Highlights of the new school construction include:
1,005 secondary student spaces.
The new school addresses enrollment pressures in the area and alleviates overcrowding at Innisdale Secondary School. Maple Ridge Public Secondary School is located at 225 Prince William Way in south Barrie.
The Ontario Government is working with school board partners to invest in capital projects that advance safe and accessible learning opportunities for students.
To create new opportunities for Ontario’s families, the government is investing up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools over five years.
Over the next ten years, the Ontario government is investing $14 billion in capital grants, including allocating $550 million in 2020-21 for new schools, additions and major renovations.
This massive investment will build new schools and help existing schools after a decade of closures and maintenance backlog.
Ontario has announced additional funding of $25 million to further improve ventilation in schools as students return for in-person learning this fall. This additional funding brings the net new investments in school ventilation to $600 million.
The province is also providing school boards with a historic $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
This funding could be used to replace aging heating or air conditioning systems, repair roofs and windows, and install important accessibility features like elevators and ramps.