Ontario Government Building New Addition to Eagle Heights Public School in London
Province’s investment in innovative and modern learning spaces will ensure students have high quality education in a safe and healthy environment
May 12, 2023
As part of Ontario’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province has provided the Thames Valley District School Board with approval to issue the tender for the new addition and internal renovations at Eagle Heights Public School to create more student spaces. This is supported by an investment of $9.2 million.
Once completed, this project will deliver 300 elementary spaces for local families. The investment is part of the Ontario government’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 for a new addition and internal renovations at Eagle Heights Public School in London is great news for our community,” said Rob Flack, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. “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, and shortening planning time by requiring school boards to use certain designs or plans when constructing, renovating, or making additions to schools.
“We are determined to build schools and expansions faster, part of our commitment to modernize schools in fast growing communities,” said Lecce. “We are proud to deliver this critical expansion at Eagle Heights Public School for London families, along with increasing funding, staffing and tutoring to help ensure students graduate with confidence that they can succeed in good-paying careers.”
Highlights of the project include:
- 300 new student spaces
- Expansion of library and learning commons space and administrative space
“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, we’re building more state-of-the-art schools to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities. By investing in innovative and modern learning spaces, we’re ensuring students have access to the quality education that will provide them with lifelong skills and education in a safe and healthy environment,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are one of the ways we’re delivering on our promise to build Ontario, with an infrastructure budget of more than $148 billion over the next decade.”
“Thames Valley District School Board is grateful to the Ministry of Education for supporting the Eagle Heights Public School expansion project. This much needed renovation will help address enrolment pressure facing schools in West London due to unprecedented growth in the city. As one of the fastest growing communities in the board, we look forward to welcoming new families, and introducing them to the many unique programs we offer in Thames Valley.”
Eagle Heights Public School is located at 284 Oxford Street West in London.
- Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $2.2 billion in capital projects in education, including 100 new schools, 88 additions and renovations to existing facilities and nearly 6,500 new licensed child care spaces.
- For the 2023-24 school year, the province is providing school boards with approximately $1.4 billion in funding to revitalize and renew aged building systems and components.
- In April 2023, Ontario introduced The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act that will ensure the public education system focuses on what matters most: important life-long skills such as reading, writing and math; improve accountability and transparency for parents and families; and build schools faster while better utilizing current school spaces to get more classrooms into communities that need them.
- In March 2022, the Governments of Canada and Ontario signed a $13.2 billion agreement that will lower child care fees in stages for families, delivering an average of $10 a day child care by September 2025.
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