MPP Oosterhoff Announces School Upgrades and Builds in Niagara

Published on October 23, 2020

Grimsby - Today, Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, announced the Ontario government is supporting the District School Board of Niagara with $12.5 million in funding for an addition to Smith Public School in Grimsby and an addition and retrofit for Peace Bridge Public School in Fort Erie. For families in Grimsby and Fort Erie, this investment will mean improved, quality learning environments and new child care rooms.

These permanent additions and retrofit are part of the province’s 2020-2021 Capital Priorities Program to support students with better and more modern learning spaces. The Ontario government is investing $550 million in accelerated funding to build 20 new schools and 8 permanent additions to existing facilities.

"These are not just investments in bricks and mortar, our government is investing in the future of our children by creating a better learning environment," said MPP Oosterhoff.

"By building and upgrading these schools we are providing students with access to modern classroom settings and the latest technology which will lead to new opportunities and lifelong success."

"The Smith and Peace Bridge schools have needed these additional spaces to accommodate their growing communities," said Sue Barnett, Chair of the District School Board of Niagara.

"By adding these learning spaces, we can ensure we're meeting the needs of our current and future families. We appreciate the government’s support on these important projects."

It is critical that Ontario continues to invest in safe and modern schools that meet the needs of students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Ontario government is also generating nearly 900 new licensed child care spaces across the province.

"This government firmly believes that your children deserve to learn in state of the art, modern, technologically connected and accessible schools," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.

"We will continue to take action, as we are doing at Smith Public School and Peace Bridge Public School, to ensure students are safe today and well into the future by approving more new school buildings and permanent additions and increasing access to child care for working parents."

Peace Bridge Public School will receive $5.3 million in funding for an addition and retrofit, which will result in 230 new elementary student spaces. This school is located at 105 Torrance Street in Fort Erie.

Highlights of the addition at Smith Public School, 18 Oakes Road North in Grimsby include:

  • 276 new elementary student spaces ($4.3 million)
  • 49 new licensed child care spaces ($2.9 million)
  • 3 child care rooms: 1 infant, 1 toddler, 1 preschool