New School, More Licensed Child Care Spaces Coming To Mississauga East-Cooksville

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MISSISSAUGA:  Ontario is to establish a new school in Mississauga that will provide a modern learning environment for students and more licensed child care spaces.

 Dipika Damerla, MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville, was at Fairview Public School in Mississauga  to announce that the province is investing $16.1 million  for the future Elm Drive Public School  that will accommodate over 650 students and includes four new child care rooms with 73 new licensed child care spaces.

 This is part of a new investment across the province to build 39 brand new schools and undertake 40 major renovations or additions that will include more than 2,700 licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4, helping more families access safe and affordable child care closer to home.

Damerla said: “The new school recognizes that Mississauga is growing fast. It is exactly what we need to do to help families with young children live in the area. I am proud that we are making a real difference for students and families now and for future generations.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, said:  “These new schools, renovations and additions are an important investment for communities across Ontario.

“They will help to build a strong foundation for our children’s education. These projects will provide students with great learning environments and will support working families with access to safe, quality licensed child care closer to home.”

Janet McDougald, Chair, Peel District School Board, added:

“As the City of Mississauga continues to grow, we’re thankful for the Ministry’s support and the opportunities it will bring for our board. Through the support from the ministry, amazing schools like the future Elm Drive P.S. are built to inspire success, confidence and hope for new generations of students.”

• Ontario is investing $13.6 million to help build Elm Drive Public School in Mississauga. It is also investing an additional $2.5 million for four new childcare rooms which will create 73 new licensed childcare spaces and includes one Early On child and family room.

§  In 2018, Ontario is investing $784 million in 79 new and renovated schools. This investment will also create a total of more than 2,700 new licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4.

• Since 2013, the government has invested $9.1 billion in capital funding for school boards to support more than 160 new schools and more than 460 additions and renovations.

  Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding over the next five years to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities.