Ontario Rebuilding York Memorial CI in Toronto
The province’s investment in innovative and modern learning spaces will ensure students have high-quality education in a safe and healthy environment.
As part of the province’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the Ontario government has provided the Toronto District School Board with approval to issue the tender for the renovation, retrofit and addition at York Memorial Collegiate Institute. This is supported by a total investment of $49 million, which includes additional funding of $24 million.
Once completed, this project will deliver 368 additional secondary spaces for local families. The investment is part of Ontario’s commitment to providing about $15 billion to support school construction, repair, and renewal over 10 years. Since 2018, the government has approved or supported the development of nearly 300 school-related projects including child care of which more than 100 are actively under construction.
“Our government is determined to rebuild York Memorial Collegiate Institute which has served families in our community for generations,” said Michael Ford, MPP for York South-Weston. “This significant milestone means we are one step closer to getting shovels in the ground to build this new state-of-the-art school that will empower 1300 students from all walks of life in York South-Weston and surrounding communities to learn and grow to reach their full potential.”
Additionally, Ontario is taking action to ensure that school board capital assets are used effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of growing communities, support student learning and ensure value for taxpayer dollars. The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 empowers decision-makers to build modern schools faster by better utilizing school capacity, reducing barriers for school boards to facilitate agreements for schools in multi-use buildings such as condo towers, and shortening planning time through design standardization when constructing, renovating, or making additions to schools.
“We are determined to build schools and expansions faster, part of our commitment to modernize schools in fast growing communities,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We are proud to deliver this critical renewal and addition at York Memorial Collegiate Institute for local families, along with increasing funding, staffing and a back-to-basics focus on reading, writing and math skills to help ensure students graduate with confidence that they can succeed in good-paying careers.”
“We’re thrilled to be moving one step closer to the rebuild and expansion of York Memorial Collegiate Institute, said Liban Hassan, TDSB Trustee for Ward 6 York South-Weston. “The new YMCI will provide access to diverse learning opportunities for all students within their new neighbourhood school.”
Highlights of the project include:
- 368 additional student spaces (total 1300 spaces)
- Restoration work
- School renewal work
“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, we’re building more state-of-the-art schools to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities. By investing in innovative and modern learning spaces, we’re ensuring students have access to the quality education that will provide them with lifelong skills and education in a safe and healthy environment,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are one of the ways we’re delivering on our promise to build Ontario, with an infrastructure budget of more than $148 billion over the next decade.”
York Memorial Collegiate Institute is located at 2690 Eglinton Avenue West in Toronto.
- Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $2.2 billion in capital projects in education, including 100 new schools, 88 additions and renovations to existing facilities and nearly 6,500 new licensed child care spaces.
- For the 2023-24 school year, the province is providing school boards with approximately $1.4 billion in funding to revitalize and renew aged building systems and components.
- In March 2022, Ontario secured a six-year, $13.2 billion agreement with the federal government that will lower fees for families to an average of $10 a day. Ontario aims to reach that target by September 2025.