Capital Investments – Improving Ontario's Schools
Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested $11.6 billion to make schools better places to learn. When students are in good learning environments, they can focus on learning and personal achievement.
Priority Capital Investments
In January 2013, the Ministry announced over $700 million in Capital Priority and Full- Day Kindergarten funding to support school boards' Capital Priority projects needed in the next three years. These include building new schools and additions/retrofits to address enrolment growth, to support full-day kindergarten, to replace schools in poor condition and to support school consolidations.
A complete list of the 39 new schools and 48 additions/retrofits funded by this investment can be found here: New Schools and Additions
This funding is in addition to the more than $1 billion in new capital funding over three years that was announced in 2011-12. This included:
The government has provided just over $1.4 billion in capital funding since 2010 to support the full-day kindergarten (FDK) program. This funding is used by school boards to create the extra classrooms required to accommodate the program and to support the first-time equipping needs of new FDK classrooms. This funding supports the creation of close to 3,400 new kindergarten classrooms, in 3,675 schools, through additions and major retrofits.
FDK is scheduled to be fully implemented by September 2014.
Good Places to Learn
The Ontario government's Good Places to Learn program was launched in 2005 to address the backlog of urgent school renewal needs and the need for new schools around the province. Projects included building new schools and expanding and retrofitting existing school facilities. Highlights of this investment include:
As of fall 2012:
Greening Ontario's Schools
The government has provided $550 million to make schools more energy efficient, while supporting a stronger and greener economy. This Energy Efficient Schools investment included:
The government also invested $50 million for public school boards to reduce energy costs in schools by installing renewable energy technologies for heating or cooling schools or generating electricity. This investment is supporting 135 projects in 126 schools (PDF, 20 KB). The projects cover a range of renewable energy technologies, including:
These projects will help green the energy supply and help school boards save money on energy costs or earn revenue by selling electricity back to the grid. By reinvesting savings and revenue into local schools, boards will have more money to support student success. Solar panels and wind turbines can sell electricity back to the grid through the microFIT Program, an important part of the Green Energy Act.
In addition, the Green Schools Pilot Initiative invested $20 million in a variety of innovative green products and technologies in more than 150 Ontario schools. Learn more about these pilot projects across the province.