January 23, 2018
NEWS - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ontario is supporting families in East Toronto with a new French-language High School that will provide a modern learning environment for students who wish to pursue their studies in French. This new school will accommodate over 500 students.
This is part of a new investment across the province to build 39 brand new schools and undertake 40 major renovations or additions that will include more than 2,700 licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4, helping more families access safe and affordable child care closer to home.
Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
"This investment is great news for French-speaking families in Beaches-East York and all of East Toronto. It is gratifying to know that, after three years of engagement with local parents, the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, the TDSB and the Ministry of Education, we are starting to see the realization of those parents’ dreams. A lot of work and planning lie ahead, but this represents an effective and timely use of resources that will make a real difference for Francophone students and families right now, and for future generations.”
— Arthur Potts, MPP for Beaches-East York
“Our government understands that a strong Francophone community means a strong Ontario. Building a new school in Toronto East will provide parents with more options to ensure their children get quality education programs in French closer to home. This represents a major step as our government plans to significantly increase French language education programs for the fast growing francophone population in the Toronto area.”
— Hon Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs
“These new schools, renovations and additions – including the French high school in Toronto’s East end – are an important investment for communities across Ontario. They will help to build a strong foundation for our children's education. These projects will provide students with great learning environments, and support working families with access to safe, quality licensed child care closer to home.”
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care
Tom McGee, Constituency Manager
Office of MPP Arthur Potts
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