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UCDSB Receives $10M in Federal and Provincial Funding for School Enhancements and Upgrades

Brockville – The Upper Canada District School Board is happy to announce that our school board will be receiving $10.2 million from the federal and provincial governments, as part of the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This funding was announced this morning.

With this funding, 73 schools plus three additional T.R. Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education sites will see enhancements made within their buildings. Some of the enhancements and upgrades that our schools can expect from this funding are:

  • upgrades to HVAC and controls at three sites;
  • 2 new replacement portables at one site;
  • window replacements at two sites;
  • 302 bottle filling stations; and
  • 445 power doors with touchless sensors.

Additionally, some child care facilities within our buildings will see some major renovations, as well as upgrades to outdoor fencing, air conditioning, new washrooms or fixtures, video intercoms and improved Wi-Fi.

“We fully appreciate the funding being provided by the federal and provincial governments, as any enhancements we do in our schools and buildings has a direct and positive impact on our students and staff,” says Director of Education, Stephen Sliwa.

Projects will begin immediately in our schools, with the plan to have them completed by late fall of 2021. The funding received was based on an application process, which outlined the type of projects that would qualify for this funding and timelines that the projects needed to be completed by.

“Schools are inherently a congregate setting, and as a society, the protection of our young people is paramount,” says Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Investing to upgrade area schools to make them safer will benefit students during COVID-19, but the benefit will remain after the pandemic. These types of infrastructure investments will also be key to spurring economic growth and recovery.”

UCDSB Chair of the Board John McAllister adds, “Any day we receive funding news of this nature is a good day for Upper Canada. We want to truly thank our provincial and federal partners for their investments in our schools.”