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Funding granted by the Ontario Ministry of Education!

Toronto, December 13, 2016 – During a press conference today in Hamilton, the Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s Minister of Education, announced that her government will invest $25,087,442 for the building of new school facilities for French-speaking students in the Brantford, Haldimand-Norfolk, Simcoe and Hamilton-Wentworth regions. The new school facilities will house 800 students.
The announced additional funding is a step towards the completion of a high-priority project for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (CSDCCS), that is, the acquisition of new school facilities for the École secondaire Académie catholique Mère-Teresa. The CSDCCS has been calling for new school facilities for 20 years in order that its high school students may continue their education in facilities equivalent to those of the majority.
Over the years and after many demands and discussions with the Ministry of Education on the possibility of funding for that purpose, the CSDCCS announced in the spring of 2015 that it was in favour of joining forces with the Conseil scolaire Viamonde and the Ministry for a school/community centre project. The project would result in the construction of two new French-language high schools: a Catholic school – the Académie catholique Mère-Teresa and a secular school – the École secondaire Georges-P. Vanier. The two new schools would be joined around a new community centre serving the French-language community of Hamilton and its surrounding areas.
The funding announced today by the Ministry will help with the school portion of the project. In order for the school/community centre project to be completed, funding for the community centre, to which the two new schools will be attached, remains to be confirmed. A request for funding has been produced and submitted to the Department of Canadian Heritage as part of the Canada-Ontario Agreement for the funding of this component of the project.
On December 11, 2015, the CSDCCS announced its decision to purchase a lot located at 16 Broughton Street in Hamilton. The lot had been put on the market by the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. Having for a long time sought an ideal location and having finally completed a pre-conditional purchase offer, the CSDCCS could not miss the opportunity to purchase the lot. Quite recently, the CSDCCS and the CS Viamonde agreed on co-ownership of the lot.
« We would like to thank the Minister of Education for having restated her commitment to the completion of this project. The community has been waiting for quite some time for a new French-language Catholic high school and now, after considerable efforts by the CSDCCS and the community, in particular #ActionACMT, more families in the Hamilton region will have the opportunity to exercise their right to a French-language Catholic education in school facilities that meet their needs, » stated Melinda Chartrand, Board President.
Marcel Levesque, school board member for the Hamilton-Wentworth Region, added: « I am particularly happy that the Ministry listened to our demands for an increase in the number of school places in the new facilities. The funding granted for 800 student places is a practical indication that the Ministry recognizes the existence of a growing and vibrant French-language community in the Hamilton-Wentworth Region. »
« I am proud to see students here today who can hear that their government will offer them school facilities equivalent to those offered to English-speaking students in their region. This is a great day and a step forward for the whole French-speaking community, » stated Dorothée Petit-Pas, school board member for the Waterloo-Brant- Haldimand-Norfolk regions.
« On behalf of the administration of the CSDCCS, I am reaffirming our commitment to work with all our partners to ensure that the new school facilities may be completed as soon as possible, » concluded André Blais, Director of Education.
This year, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud will receive 16,500 students in its 58 schools: 47 elementary schools, 10 high schools and one elementary and high school, established on a territory covering over 40,000 km2, extending from the Niagara Peninsula to Peterborough and from Lake Ontario (Toronto) to Georgian Bay. Our vast network of French-speaking Catholic schools allows every student to become a member of a broad Francophone school community based on faith and to receive a top quality education in a learning environment that is rich, fair and inclusive.
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Source:
Mikale-Andrée Joly
Director, Corporate Relations Services
Tel.: 416.397.6564 extension 73130 / 1.800.274.3764 extension 73130
mjoly@csdccs.edu.on.ca