Ontario Combats Bullying in Schools While Improving and Building New SchoolsPublished on November 25, 2021
Every student – irrespective of their background, faith, heritage, or orientation – deserves every opportunity to succeed in and beyond the classroom. During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, it has never been more important to stand with students and educators across the province against bullying.
By updating Policy/Program Memorandum No. 144 – Bullying Prevention and Intervention (PPM 144) for the first time since 2012, schools will better be able to combat bullying and hate.
The investments announced today build on the government’s commitment to make schools more inclusive and safer for everyone.
That is why under the leadership of Premier Ford, over $117,000 is being invested into organizations that champion disability inclusion, 2SLGBTQIA+ advocacy, and mental health support. The announcement of new funding builds on the government’s record investment in mental health supports for students, with over $80 million alone allocated for supports for this school year.
This government will continue to invest in the safety and wellbeing of students as we stand in solidarity against all forms of bullying and discrimination.
Ontario Building and Improving Schools in York Region
Under Premier Ford, the government is committed to building new schools and child care spaces for families in every region of this great province. For 2021-2022, the government is investing over $600 million to ensure learning spaces are well ventilated, modern, internet-connected, and accessible. The government continues to support science and tech labs, in-class technology and learning tools to create a more dynamic classroom with a focus on STEM education. The government is building 19,700 new student spaces in schools.
Specifically to build schools, the government is investing $565 million, which will deliver:
- 26 new schools
- 20 permanent additions and renovations built.
- 1,525 child care spaces
Furthermore, the government is investing in the expansion of 32 child care centres located in schools across the province. This will create over 1500 new licensed child care spaces. In total, more than 3,000 new child care spaces have been approved in this round of funding — building on our commitment to affordable and accessible child care for families.
Minister Lecce announced investments to protect schools, throughout the pandemic, including over $600 million to support safety and ventilation improvements in schools. That includes over 70,000 HEPA units installed in classrooms province-wide. Under the leadership of Premier Ford, the government will continue to invest in new and state-of-the-art schools and world-class learning for every student in Ontario.