Province adds $17 million in area school infrastructure funding

BRANTFORD – Former education minister and current president of the Ontario Treasury Board,  Liz Sandals, was in Brantford along with Liberal MPP Dave Levac and representatives from both the Grand Erie School board and the Catholic School Board to announce an additional $17 million in infrastructure of schools in Brant, Brantford, Norfolk and Haldimand.

Sandals listed the schools within Brant and Brantford that are considered “newer” schools that are between 50 and 60 years old and in need of a facelift and newer technology. Roof repairs are always an issue in this age of schools as well as heating and cooling system upgrades.

Then she made the announcement of the new money. This comes on top of an already announced $30 million for this purpose, to top it off at $47 million.

“Making sure schools across the province are in a state of good repair is an essential part of supporting student achievement,” said Education Minister Mitsie Hunter in a written statement.

Of that extra $17 million, $14 million will go to the Grand Erie School Board and the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk District Catholic Boards will share $3 million in increased funding.

Because on-reserve schools are not funded by the province, there will be no extra funding for them. However, many Six Nations and New Credit students attend off-reserve schools that this funding will help improve for their sakes as well.

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