Ontario Government Building Child Care Centre Addition in Omemee
Province’s investment in innovative and modern learning spaces will ensure students have high quality education in a safe and healthy environment
Omemee, ON- As part of Ontario’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province provided Trillium Lakelands District School Board with approval to proceed to tender a two room kindergarten addition and a Child Care Centre. Which includes internal retrofits at Scott Young Public School in Omemee. This is supported by an investment of $5.9 million, including additional funding of $2.4 million.
“This is great news for the families whose children will attend Scott Young Public School,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “This investment will include 104 new kindergarten spaces, 49 new child care spaces, 3 new child care rooms, 1 room EarlyON Child and Family Centre.”
The Ontario government is delivering more than $26.6 billion in education funding for the 2022-23 school year, the highest investment in public education in Ontario’s history. Investing in the province’s schools is an integral part of Ontario’s Plan to Catch Up, which focuses on the priorities of parents and includes five key components:
- Kids being back in the classroom with a full school experience that includes extracurriculars like sports, band and field trips;
- Investing more than $175 million for enhanced tutoring support programs delivered by school boards and community partners, with a focus on reading, writing and math;
- Updating the curriculum to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, including opportunities in the skilled trades;
- Providing more money to build schools and improve education; and
- Allocating $90 million – the highest amount in Ontario history to support student mental health.
Once completed, this project will deliver 104 kindergarten spaces and 49 child care spaces for local families. The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction, repairs and renewals over 10 years. Since 2018, the government has approved nearly 200 school construction projects and the development of more than 300 child care and education building-related projects, of which, more than 100 are actively under construction.
“Our government is investing $14 billion over ten years to build new schools, improve existing facilities and create child care spaces to ensure young people can reach their full potential,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “By building the new state-of-the-art child care centre and kindergarten rooms at Scott Young Public School, as well as investing in tutoring and mental health supports for the year ahead, we are getting students in Omemee back on track now and well into the future. While we make progress building this Scott Young PS addition and retrofit to support hard-working parents, we remain committed to keeping students in more normal classrooms with extra curriculars, sports, and clubs.”
“We are excited to develop these new spaces for the Omemee community. The new addition and retrofits to the current spaces at Scott Young Public School will allow us to accommodate more students and have dedicated spaces for both child care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as EarlyON.” Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Director of Education, Wes Hahn.
Highlights of the project include:
- 104 new kindergarten spaces
- 49 new child care spaces
- 3 new child care rooms
- 1 room EarlyON Child and Family Centre
Scott Young Public School is located at 27 Walnut Street in Omemee.
- Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $2.0 billion in capital projects in education, including 100 new schools, 88 additions and renovations to existing facilities and 6,410 new licensed child care spaces.
- For the 2022-23 school year, the province is providing school boards with $1.4 billion in funding to revitalize and renew aged building systems and components.
- Through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, 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.
- In March 2022, the Governments of Canada and Ontario signed a $13.2 billion agreement that will lower child care fees in stages for families, delivering an average of $10 a day child care by September 2025.
For more information, please contact:
Jay Young Park
Legislative Assistant Office of MPP Laurie Scott