Ontario Improving Secondary School in Hannon

Published on April 22, 2022

Province supports the creation of new student spaces at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School

News Release

The Ontario government is investing $8.4 million in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board to build an addition to Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School, helping working families in Hannon. This investment, announced by Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook, will support the creation of 253 student spaces as part of the Ford Government’s commitment to building state-of-the-art schools for Ontario youth.

The project is part of a province-wide investment of nearly $500 million to support new school and child care spaces that were recently announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. The overall investment will support the creation of 37 school related projects which include 23 child care centres. This funding will add nearly 15,700 new student spaces and 1,502 licensed child care spaces at schools across Ontario.

“We are building new schools, building more affordable child care spaces, and building hope and opportunity for Ontario students as they learn in more normal and safer classrooms,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We believe that students deserve to learn in-person in state-of-the-art facilities that are internet connected, accessible, with modern ventilation systems, which is why our government is delivering a major investment that accelerates construction to get it done for parents, students, and communities.”

The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over ten years. Since 2018, the government has approved nearly 200 new projects and there are currently more than 300 child care and education building-related projects in development, with more than 100 actively under construction.

“The new addition at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School is great news for our community,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “This investment will provide choice and flexibility and new opportunities for families in Hannon.”

Highlights of the project include:

  • 253 secondary student spaces.

“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, our government is delivering more schools across the province to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities. By cutting red tape and introducing the Rapid Build pilot project to expedite procurement and construction processes to build better schools faster, we’re ensuring that students reap the benefits of state-of-the-art learning facilities sooner and have access to education in a safe and healthy environment.” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are just one of the ways we’re building critical infrastructure – such as schools, hospitals, long-term care homes and public transit – that Ontarians rely on with a budget over $148 billion over the next decade.”

“Our Board is very pleased with the announcement of a permanent addition and what it will mean for our students and the Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School Community. On behalf of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, I would like to express our deep appreciation to MPP Donna Skelly for her support and assistance which was instrumental in bringing about this very good news,” said Patrick Daly, Chairperson for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School is located at 1824 Rymal Road E. in Hannon.

Quick Facts:

  • For 2022-23, the province is also providing school boards with $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
  • The governments of Canada and Ontario are providing $5 million in funding for critical infrastructure projects to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province's schools through the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.