Ontario Government Building New Child Care Spaces in WaterdownPublished on May 05, 2021
Province Approves Child Care Addition to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School
As part of Ontario's ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province has given Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board approval to tender a child care centre addition to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School.
The $2,437,533 investment will add a new, quality learning environment for the children of Waterdown. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to build more licensed child care spaces for Ontario’s families.
“Funding for 49 additional child care spaces and 3 additional child care rooms at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School is wonderful news for our community,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “This investment will provide choice and flexibility for working parents and those who want to return to the workplace.”
Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for thousands of students across the province.
“We are taking action to ensure that families in Waterdown deserve access to safe and affordable child care,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Our government is proud to support the creation of new child care spaces at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School, while increasing financial support for families through the expanded Ontario’s Child Care Tax Credit, saving a family on average $1500 per year.”
Highlights of the child care addition include:
- 49 new licensed child care spaces.
- 3 new child care rooms.
“The additional funds announced today will permit the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board to proceed with the construction of the Child Care Centre at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School”, said, Patrick Daly, Chairperson of the HWCDSB. “I want to recognize and express appreciation to MPP Donna Skelly for her strong support of this much needed project which will be of significant benefit to children and their families.”
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School is located at 170 Skinner Road in Waterdown.
- The Ontario Government is working with school board partners to invest in capital projects that advance safe and accessible learning opportunities for students.
- To create new opportunities for Ontario’s families, the government is investing up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools over five years.
- Over the next ten years, the Ontario government is investing about $14 billion in capital grants, including allocating $550 million in 2020-21 for new schools, additions and major renovations.
- This massive investment will build new schools and help existing schools after a decade of closures and maintenance backlog.
- Ontario is also providing school boards with a historic $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
- This funding could be used to replace aging heating or air conditioning systems, repair roofs and windows, and install important accessibility features like elevators and ramps.