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TDSB Asks for Fair Share

Friday, April 04, 2014
Categories: News Releases, Board and Trustee Governance

The Chair of the Toronto District School Board is calling on the Province to treat Toronto schools fairly by funding capital plans at the same levels that other school boards are funded.


Out of $700 million provided for capital improvements to schools across Ontario, only one project submitted by the TDSB will receive funding from the province. All other projects are 100% TDSB funded.


While the Board appreciates the support and project approval of capital priorities, in most school boards growth pressures are fully supported through government funding. The TDSB is in the unique position of having to sell properties to support growth pressures created by new development.


The TDSB’s top priority is to provide our students with the best learning spaces for their success. The Board is faced with aging infrastructure, a $3.12 billion capital renewal backlog and increased enrolment projections for the future.


Quick Facts

  • In November of last year, we submitted 8 top priority projects and 6 emerging projects for funding consideration through the Ministry’s Capital Priorities Grant program.
  • The 8 top priority projects submitted for consideration were George Webster ES, Avondale PS, Albion Heights JMS, Sprucecourt PS, Chief Dan George PS, Highcastle PS, Brockton HS and Davisville Jr. PS. The 6 emerging projects submitted were Bedford Park PS, David Lewis PS, HJ Alexander PS, Kingsview Village PS, Norseman PS and Terry Fox PS.
  • The Ministry approved George Webster ES, Avondale PS, Sprucecourt PS, Chief Dan George PS, Brockton HS, and previously Highcastle PS.
  • Brockton HS (Bloor Collegiate) is the only project that will receive Ministry funding.

“Toronto is the fastest growing municipality in all of Ontario. Selling off properties that are important community spaces to support capital needs is not sustainable. We should be getting our fair share of provincial funding.”

- Chris Bolton, Chair, TDSB


“It is great news that after years of consultation and hard work, my community will finally see the project get underway. I am hopeful that it will be fully funded.”

- Maria Rodrigues, Trustee, TDSB




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