Ontario Government Building New Addition in Kanata
St. James School will open this Fall
KANATA—Today, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata—Carleton announced that construction of a new addition to St. James School is now complete and will be welcoming new students into its doors this September for the 2022-23 school year. This project is a part of Ontario’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, with the province providing Ottawa CSB with $5.3 million to build the addition in Kanata.
The Government of Ontario is delivering more than $26.6 billion in education funding for the 2022-23 school year, including an increase of over $600 million this September, which is 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 is squarely focused on the priorities of parents and includes five key components:
- Kids being back in the classroom, on time 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, and a 420 per cent increase from 2017-18 – to support student mental health.
This project will deliver over 130 student spaces during the 2022-23 school year. The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to providing $14 billion to support school construction over 10 years. Since 2018, the government has approved nearly 200 school construction projects and development of more than 300 child care and education building-related projects, of which more than 100 are actively under construction.
“The completion of the new addition at St. James School is exciting news for our community as we continue to support new, modern schools for students in Kanata,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata—Carleton. “This investment will ensure families and students have access to a quality learning environment in the years ahead.”
“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 addition at St. James School as well as investing in tutoring and mental health supports for the year ahead, we are getting students in Kanata back on track now and well into the future. While we make progress building this new addition for Kanata to support hard-working parents, we remain committed to keeping students in class this September in more normal classrooms with extra curriculars, sports, and clubs.”
“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, we’re building more state-of-the-art schools to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities. By investing in innovative and modern learning spaces, we’re ensuring students have access to the quality education that will provide them with lifelong skills and education in a safe and healthy environment,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are one of the ways we’re delivering on our promise to build Ontario, with an infrastructure budget of more than $148 billion over the next decade.”
“Our Board is always in a continuous cycle of improvement and today’s announcement expands on that trend,” said Thomas D’Amico, Director of Education. “The investment in St. James Catholic School exemplifies how the OCSB collaborates with its provincial partners to create innovative learning spaces that promote academic excellence. Today is a good day for Catholic education in Kanata.”
Highlights of the project include:
- 138 new elementary student spaces
St. James School is located at 50 Stonehaven Drive in Kanata.
- 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 2022-23, the province is providing school boards with $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
- 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.