The Toronto District School Board has announced that they will receive at least $230 million in funding after the provincial government announced that $1.1 billion would go to schools across Ontario for repairs and upgrades.
Newly appointed Education Minister Mitzie Hunter says that there are a number of schools that will be getting much needed repairs that are long overdue.
“The money is urgently needed to help address school boards’ growing renewal and repair backlog.”
Hunter was at Toronto’s Harbord Collegiate Institute in Little Italy Monday afternoon where she made the announcement. She also stated that there are thousands of schools that have waited decades for these upgrades.
“There are roughly 4,900 schools in Ontario. About half of these are more than 40 years old. Every day they serve nearly 2 million students.”
The TDSB expects to receive close to $300 million of the provincial funding, which will raise the school board’s total budget for repairs up to $579 million.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board will get $40 million from the overall total of $107 million.