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Ontario Government Building a New School in Aurora

Province gives approval to tender new Aurora 2C Elementary School

NEWS   May 3, 2022

As part of Ontario’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province provided the York Region District School Board with approval to proceed to tender a new Aurora 2C Elementary School. This will be supported by an investment of $20.8 million, which includes additional funding of $6.1 million.

The new school will provide more student spaces in a new, quality learning environment for the growing student population in Aurora, as well as affordable child care spaces for local parents. The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over 10 years. Since 2018, the government has approved nearly 200 projects and there are currently more than 300 child care and education building-related projects in development, with more than 100 actively under construction.

“This funding is great news for our community and brings us one step closer to building the new Aurora 2C Elementary School,” said Christine Elliott, the MPP for Newmarket—Aurora. “The new school will ensure families and students continue to have access to a high-quality learning environment for years to come.”

“Our government is taking action to ensure young people can reach their full potential in the classroom that leads to good jobs,” said Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. “By building a new Aurora 2C Elementary School our government is preparing Aurora students for the jobs of tomorrow and providing safe and affordable high-quality child care to working parents.”

“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, our government is delivering more schools across the province to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities.  By cutting red tape and introducing the Rapid Build pilot project to expedite procurement and construction processes to build better schools faster, we’re ensuring that students reap the benefits of state-of-the-art learning facilities sooner and have access to education in a safe and healthy environment.” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are just one of the ways we’re building critical infrastructure – such as schools, hospitals, long-term care homes and public transit – that Ontarians rely on with a budget over $148 billion over the next decade.”

Highlights of the project include:

  • 638 student spaces
  • 39 child care spaces
  • Two child care rooms

“Today’s announcement is welcome news for the students and families of York Region. Funding to build this new elementary school will help support student achievement and provide child care space for the growing community of Aurora,” said Allan Tam, Chair of York Region District School Board. “I am very happy with this investment in the future of students and families of York Region.”

The new school will be located at the intersection of Hartwell Way and William Graham Drive in Aurora.

Quick Facts:

  • For 2022-23, 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.