CORNWALL — The provincial and federal governments are teaming up to provide local school boards with $23,760,841 for much-needed protections against COVID-19. The Upper Canada District School Board will recieve $10,280,215, Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien will receive $5,083,806, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario will receive $4,361,820, and Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario will receive $4,035,000.
The funding for these school boards will support building retrofits, updates, and upgrades to their schools and co-located child care facilities. Projects can include HVAC renovations to improve air quality, installing water bottle refilling stations to improve access to safe drinking water, and space reconfigurations such as new walls and doors to enhance physical distancing.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly highlighted, investments in the health and wellness of Ontarians are more critical than ever. Supporting air quality and other infrastructure projects in schools helps to protect our communities, making them stronger, healthier and safer today, and for years to come,” said Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure.
“This new funding will go a long way to ensuring that our local schools can undertake the crucial upgrades that will enhance safety through the pandemic and promote better health into the future,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.