Additional Investments to Keep Schools Safe

Published on October 05, 2020

Ontario’s school reopening plan is fully endorsed by Ontario’s Chief Medical of Health, with a recognition that we will continue to invest, respond, and act to ensure students and families remain safe.


That is why Premier Ford, Minister Lecce, and MPP Christine Elliott announced that the government is delivering additional funding – targeting those communities with higher rates of transmission – to ensure we prevent the spread and maximize the safety of Ontario families. We are immediately allocating an additional $35 million for fall preparedness, by targeting priority communities of Peel, Ottawa, Toronto, and York to support those boards as they confront higher rates of community transmission.


These investments will be used to support high priority communities by:

  • Providing increased distancing between students through additional classroom hiring supports, including teachers, early childhood educators and educational assistants.
  • Providing increased remote learning supports, including the hiring of additional teachers, early childhood educators and educational assistants as well as devices for students in need who have chosen to learn remotely.


All four publicly funded school boards in Newmarket-Aurora will benefit from additional funding: 

  1. York Region District School Board - $4,790,008
  2. York Catholic District School Board - $1,749,189
  3. Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir - $570,931
  4. Conseil scolaire Viamonde - $543,851


By taking these steps we can ensure that children living in these targeted communities receive the education and care they need while doing everything possible to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.


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