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Capital Priorities

School boards can apply for funding for construction projects from the Ministry of Education through the Capital Priorities program. This program provides school boards with an opportunity to identify their most urgent student accommodation needs and submit business cases for priority projects.

Business cases describe the need for school additions, school replacements or deep retrofits and provide the necessary rationale. Capital Priority projects are ranked based on a priority sequence (e.g. accommodation growth, consolidating two or more schools into one new facility) that aligns with the criteria outlined by the Ministry of Education.

Not all of the capital projects submitted actually receive funding approval. The Ministry reviews the business cases submitted by all school boards and allocates funds to the projects it considers priorities. Historically, the TDSB has received approval for three to six capital projects in as a result of the Capital Priorities process.

List of the Top 5 Capital Priority Projects for 2022-23

Business cases were prepared for the five projects identified below and were submitted to the Ministry of Education for capital funding consideration under the Capital Priorities grant program in February 2022.

Below is the list of the 5 TDSB Capital Priority projects ranked to align with the criteria set out by the Ministry of Education and submitted in February, 2022 for funding consideration.

Ranking School Name Project Description Business Case Submitted to the Ministry Ward

1

St. Margarets Public School

A new, 340 pupil place replacement school to accommodate current and future students within this community.

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2

Secord Elementary School

A new 931 pupil place replacement school to accommodate current and future students within this community.

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3

Guildwood Pupil Accommodation
Review: Poplar Road Jr. PS and
Elizabeth Simcoe Jr. PS

A new Poplar Road Jr. PS Replacement School and Elizabeth Simcoe Jr. PS Addition / Renovation to support to closure of Jack Miner Sr. PS

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4

Scarborough City Centre Elementary
School

A new elementary school of 927 pupil places to accommodate existing and future students residing within the Scarborough City Centre area.

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5

Canadian Tire Lands Elementary School

A new 435 pupil place JK to Grade 5 school is required to meet the current and long-term accommodation requirements of an emerging high-density neighbourhood in North York.

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Special Consideration Capital Priority Project for 2022-23

The new Indigenous school is being submitted to the Ministry of Education for special consideration due to the unique nature of the project. This project does not align with the categories that define eligibility for funding laid out in the Ministry’s capital priorities process. The funding previously allocated for the project in 2018 reflects the standard approach to capital priorities funding allocations whereby a set of benchmarks are applied. This project needs to be reviewed and thoughtfully considered through a lens that respects and honours the voice and self-determination of the Indigenous communities.

A standalone facility exclusively used by Indigenous programs and services is required to provide a truly decolonized environment where Indigenous programs can exist without the interference of other user groups with colonial practices.

1

Kapapamahchakwew - Wandering Spirit School and the Urban Indigenous Education Centre

A new, standalone, and fully Indigenized facility to provide a truly decolonized environment for Indigenous students and Communities across Toronto

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List of the Top 10 Capital Priority Projects for 2021-22

Business cases were prepared for the ten projects identified below and were submitted to the Ministry of Education for capital funding consideration under the Capital Priorities grant program in May 2021.

The next opportunity to submit Capital Priority projects for funding approval will be during the 2022 calendar year.

Below is the list of the 10 TDSB Capital Priority projects ranked to align with the criteria set out by the Ministry of Education and submitted in May 2021 for funding consideration. 

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Ranking

School Name

Project Description

Business Case Submitted to the Ministry

Ward

1

Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School

A new 455 pupil place elementary school embedded within a mixed-use development

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2

Consolidated Secondary School on the York Memorial site

A new consolidated 1,300 pupil place Secondary School

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3

Davisville Junior Public School / Spectrum Alternative Senior School

Five-classroom addition to a previously-approved replacement school project

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4, 5

Poplar Road Junior  Public School and Elizabeth Simcoe Junior Public School

A new 341 pupil place Replacement School at Poplar Road Jr. PS and a gymnasium addition / internal renovation at Elizabeth Simcoe Jr. PS to support  implementation of a school closure as a result of the Guildwood area Pupil Accommodation Review

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6

Regent Heights Public School

A new 573 pupil place replacement school

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7

St. Margaret's Public School

A new 340 pupil place replacement school

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8

Secord Elementary School

A new 931 pupil place replacement school

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9

West Donlands Elementary School

A new 455 pupil place elementary school

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10

New Scarborough City Centre Elementary School

A new 927 pupil place elementary school

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