Ontario Improving School in Mississauga

Published on February 01, 2022

Ontario Improving School in Mississauga

[MISSISSAUGA CENTRE] - The Ontario government is investing $16.5 million to improve Ellengale Public School to further support Mississauga’s working families and their children. This investment in Peel District School Board, announced by Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre, will support the creation of 642 student spaces as part of the Ford Government’s commitment to building modern, accessible, and technologically connected schools for Ontario youth.

The project is part of a province wide investment of more than $600 million to support new school and child care spaces that were recently announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. The overall investment will support 78 school and child care related projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $565 million to create more than 19,700 new student spaces and 1, 500 child care spaces at schools across the province.

“In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, we have made safer schools a priority, which is why we continue to invest in modern and accessible learning spaces with improved ventilation, said Minister Lecce “This investment is part of our multiyear plan to build, expand, and update schools and child care spaces across our province. It will leave a lasting legacy that benefits working families for years to come.

The investment is part of the Ontario government's commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over ten years. There are currently more than 300 child care and education building related projects in development across Ontario with more than 100 actively under construction.

“The new addition at Ellengale Public School is great news for our community, said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre. “This investment will provide choice and flexibility for families and new opportunities for our children, and ensure that Mississauga’s growth as a global destination is supported with the accessible and world class education provided by our schools. I am proud to be a part of a government that is committed to the health, safety, and success of both students and teachers alike."

Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.

Highlights of the project include:

  • 642 elementary student spaces.
  • 73 new licensed child care spaces.

"This is incredible news for central Mississauga and the growing Erindale community," said Rashmi Swarup, Director of Education for Peel District School Board. "By investing into the
creation of these additional spaces, Ellengale Public School will be even better prepared to meet the growing demands of the region, while delivering a modern learning environment from which our students can continue to thrive.”

Ellengale Public School Principal Laura Delves added, “The timing is perfect as the additional space will help us transition from a K-6 to a K-8 school next year,  a welcome change the community has been hoping for over the past 3 years. This is all very exciting, and we look forward to centering student need as we renovate our school."

The Ontario government has allocated more than $600 million to support ventilation improvements in schools across Ontario as part of its plans for a safer return to school. The Peel District School Board has benefited from an investment of $31.2 million for ventilation improvements and has almost 2400 HEPA filter units in place.

Ellengale Public School is located at 3480 Ellengale Drive in Mississauga.

Quick Facts:

  • On November 4, the province released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal
    Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build the foundation
    for Ontario’s recovery and prosperity by getting shovels in the ground on projects
    like new schools and child care.
  • Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $1.5 billion in capital projects
    in education, including 76 new schools, 75 additions and renovations to existing facilities
    and 4,908 new licensed child care places.
  • For 2021-22, the province is also providing school boards with $1.4 billion in funding
    to renew and maintain existing schools.
  • The governments of Canada and Ontario are providing $656.5 million in funding for
    critical infrastructure projects to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the
    province's schools through the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada
    Infrastructure Program.
  • The federal government provides 2.5 per cent of the total cost support for early
    learning and child care operating expenses in Ontario, with Ontario families, the provincial
    and municipal governments providing the remainder.
  • Ontario has provided emergency child care for the school-aged children of frontline
    workers, including public safety and health care workers, as well as those working
    with vulnerable populations, at no out-of-pocket cost. In 2021, at its peak, this program
    provided over 12,000 children with high-quality child care each day across 717
    sites province-wide.
  • Ontario is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the Childcare Access and Relief
    from Expenses (CARE) tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to
    $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for
    the 2021 child care expenses of over 300,000 families.