New Catholic Secondary School to be built in Brantford
The Board is excited to report that we have received $45.7 million to build a new Catholic secondary school in Brantford.
Today, special guests including the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Education; Dr. Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance; and His Worship Kevin Davis, Mayor of the City of Brantford gathered at the Catholic Education Centre in Brantford for the announcement.
“It is with great honour that we were able to welcome our guests here today and celebrate this wonderful news for our Catholic community,” said Chair of the Board Rick Petrella.
“I was overjoyed when I heard the news that our proposal for an additional Catholic secondary school, skilled trades centre, and childcare spaces in the City of Brantford, had been approved. This was an excellent outcome for our Catholic community, and a result of the hard work, advocacy, vision, and collaboration between the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, our MPP, and the Ministry of Education.
With the announcement of over 45 million dollars in funding for this project, the Ontario government has reaffirmed its commitment, through real action, of its support of publicly funded Catholic education in our community. It is through this partnership that we were able to secure funding for a much-needed new secondary school in Brantford serving our Catholic community of the North-end.
As a result of this funding, we can ensure that Brantford and area families will have access to over 1100 new pupil spaces, in a state-of-the-art secondary school with a strong focus on skilled trades, and 128 new childcare spaces. As well, this will create many new Catholic teaching and support staff positions for our BHNCDSB union partners – OECTA and OSSTF.
Our Board is growing, and I am extremely excited about the future. This modern and future-focused teaching and learning environment will prepare our students for jobs that we, at this time, can only imagine will exist. We are excited to begin this project with the Ontario government that, through action, has proven their committed to excellence in learning through Catholic education.”
Highlights of the project include:
- 1119 secondary student spaces;
- 128 new licensed child care spaces;
- 8 new child care rooms.
Photo cutline (left to right): Dr. Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance; Mike McDonald, Director of Education; Honourable Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Education; Rick Petrella, Chair of the Board; His Worship Kevin Davis, Mayor of the City of Brantford