As part of the province’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the Ontario government has provided the York Region District School Board with approval to add a child-care centre to the previously approved Markham Centre #3 Elementary School to create more child-care spaces. This is supported by a total investment of $15.8 million for the school and child care centre.
“This funding is an investment in our future as it provides Markham’s youngest learners with a modern and welcoming learning environment in the growing downtown area,” said YRDSB chair Ron Lynn.
Once completed, this project will deliver 638 elementary spaces and 39 licensed child-care spaces for local families. The investment is part of Ontario’s commitment to providing approximately $15 billion to support school construction, repair, and renewal over 10 years. Since 2018, the government has approved nearly 200 school construction projects and the development of more than 300 child-care and education building-related projects, of which more than 100 are actively under construction.
“The funding to add child-care spaces to the new Markham Centre #3 Elementary School in Markham is great news for our community,” said Billy Pang, MPP for Markham-Unionville. “This investment will ensure families and students have access to a quality learning environment in the years ahead.”
Additionally, Ontario is taking action to ensure that school board capital assets are used effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of growing communities, support student learning and ensure value for taxpayer dollars. The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act will empower decision-makers to build modern schools faster by better utilizing school capacity, reducing barriers for school boards to facilitate agreements for schools in multi-use buildings such as condo towers, and shortening planning time by requiring school boards to use certain designs or plans when constructing, renovating, or making additions to schools.
Markham Centre #3 Elementary School will be located at the Northwest Corner of Village Parkway and Frank Charlton Avenue in Markham.