Provincial government approves new Markham school

The provincial government has committed $14.5 million to build a new English public elementary school in Markham that will serve 638 students.

The unnamed York Region District School Board is among 26 new schools – three of which are located in York Region – that will be built across the province. It’s expected to open in 2024.

The government has also earmarked $24.4 million to build an unnamed Oak Ridges Secondary School in Richmond Hill, which encompasses an addition and renovation at the existing Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning. It will serve 1,250 students and is expected to open in 2026.

The York Catholic District School Board’s plans for a new English elementary school in
Queensville, East Gwillimbury have also been approved. That school will serve 409 students and will include a childcare centre with 49 licensed childcare spaces, at a cost of $11.4 million.

In total, the provincial government announced $565 million in funding through the Capital Priorities Program to build 26 schools and support 20 permanent additions and renovations. These infrastructure projects will lead to the creation of 19,732 new student learning spaces and 1,525 new licensed childcare spaces, it reports.

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