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Ford Government Supporting Burlington Students
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September 12, 2019

Province Approves New Addition to Nelson High School and Retrofit funding to Frontenac

Ontario's government is protecting what matters most by investing in new local schools to help provide our students with a world-class education system that ensures they have the skills they need to succeed.

The province has given approval to tender a $15M addition to Nelson High School in Burlington, Ontario. The province has also provided Halton District School Board with approval to tender a one million dollar retrofit to Frontenac Public School to create two new child care rooms and provide more opportunities for the families of Burlington. 

The Nelson High School addition will expand the school’s capacity by 120 student spaces, and provide new specialty classrooms, a new library, and cafeteria. The addition is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.  

“Our government is pleased to support the addition to Nelson High School and the Frontenac retrofit,” said Jane McKenna, MPP for Burlington. “With this announcement, our government is investing in the future of students and hard-working families and we are setting the stage for student success.”

“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. “Funding for these important additions to both Nelson High School and Frontenac Public School further demonstrates our government’s historic investment in capital projects and our overall commitment to supporting public education in Ontario.”

"This funding will strengthen our schools and provide improved programming and learning spaces for students," says Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board. "We are grateful to our Board of Trustees, HDSB staff, local MPP for Burlington, Jane McKenna, the Ministry of Education and the Ontario government for their ongoing support to improve the learning environment for our students."

Highlights of the addition to Nelson High School include: 

  • Room for 120 new students
  • New cafeteria
  • New library
  • New speciality classrooms

Highlights of the addition to Frontenac Public School:

  • Two new school-based child care rooms

Quick Facts:

  • The Ford Government is protecting what matters most by working with school board partners to invest in capital projects that advance student learning.

  • The Ford Government announced in Budget 2019 that over the next ten years, Ontario is investing nearly $13 billion in capital grants, including allocating over $500M this year alone to improve classrooms for our children.

  • This massive investment will build new schools and help existing schools after a decade of Liberal closures and maintenance backlog.

  • 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.

  • The Ministry of Education is currently accepting submissions from school boards for their top 10 school-based capital priorities for funding consideration as well as support for the expansion of childcare spaces.

  • The Ministry reviews all Capital Priorities submissions for eligibility and announces successful projects annually.
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