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Ontario launches pilot rapid build program for schools

Ontario launches pilot rapid build program for schools

OAKVILLE, ONT. – The Government of Ontario has announced it will spend nearly $500 million to fund 37 capital projects at schools, including 23 with child care projects, as part of the 2022-2023 Capital Priorities Program.

The new projects will create 15,700 new student spaces and 1,500 new licensed child care spaces in schools, stated an April 22 release.

The announcement was made at Dr. David R. Williams Public School in Oakville. The Halton District School Board will receive $24 million from the Capital Priorities Program to build a new public elementary school.

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce also announced that the Ontario government will work with Infrastructure Ontario and five school boards on a pilot project to accelerate school construction through a rapid build model, including the possible use of modular construction.

The five school boards involved in the pilot project are Kawartha Pine Ridge, Upper Grand, l’Est ontarien catholic, Northwest Catholic and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic.

The rapid build model has previously been used to develop long-term-care spaces in southern 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,” stated Lecce.

Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma added, “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.”

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