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Capital Strategy
Capital Strategy
The Capital Strategy identifies new schools, additions to schools and replacement school requirements and will serve as the basis for the Board’s multi-year capital funding request to the Ministry of Education.
 
The goals of the Capital Strategy are provided below.  The implementation of each goal is subject to Ministry of Education approvals and funding.
  • To provide community schools for all students wherever possible
  • To provide permanent accommodation to match sustainable community growth in a timely fashion
  • To minimize the reliance on portable accommodation
  • To replace older school facilities where conditions warrant
  • To utilize excess capacity within the system wherever practical
  • To combine schools and/or undertake pupil accommodation reviews where circumstances warrant according to Policy #463, Pupil Accommodation Review

Projects for Submission to the Ministry of Education (Timeline TBD)*

Elementary
​** Propos​ed
Ope​ning
​Project Name ​Municipality ​Project Type ​Proposed Capacity
2023 ​Sharon PS (Replacement/New School) ​East Gwillimbury ​​Growth/Replacement ​638
2023 ​Aurora 2C ES ​Aurora ​Growth ​638
2023​ ​Stouffville ES ​Whitchurch-Stouffville ​Growth ​638
2023​ ​Kleinburg/Nashville ES ​Vaughan ​Growth ​638
2023 Markham Centre ES​ ​Markham
​Growth
​638
 
Secondary
​**Pro​posed
Opening
​Project Name ​Municipality ​Project Type ​Proposed Capacity
2025 ​Block 11 SS ​Vaughan ​​Growth TBD
2025 Oak Ridges SS (Dr. Bette Stephenson addition) ​Richmond Hill ​Growth TBD
 
 *The Ministry of Education has not identified the next opportunity to submit capital funding requests
** Subject to Ministry of Education funding approval. School opening dates are based on a minimum of 2-3 years for elementary and 4-5 years for secondary, from date of approval.

Emerging Projects

​Year Project Name Municipality Project Type Proposed
Capacity
2024 ​North Leslie ES ​Richmond Hill ​Growth ​638
​2024 ​Oak Ridges East #1 ES ​Richmond Hill ​Growth ​638
​2024 ​Queensville ES ​East Gwillimbury ​Growth ​638
​Post 2024 ​Block 40 ES (South site) ​Vaughan ​Growth ​638
​Post 2024 ​Cornell ES Markham Growth 638
Post 2024 Holland Landing ES East Gwillimbury Growth 638
Post 2024 King City ES King City Growth 638
Post 2024 New School/Adrienne Clarkson PS (Addition) Markham/Richmond Hill Growth TBD
Post 2024 Newmarket SE ES​ Newmarket​ ​Growth ​TBD
​Post 2025 ​​Stouffville DSS (Addition) ​Whitchurch-Stouffville ​Growth TBD
 
Emerging projects are listed in alphabetical order by year.

Proposed Pupil Accommodation Reviews

In previous Capital Strategies, small schools have been reviewed and recommendations were brought forward to annually review or propose that Pupil Accommodation Reviews (PARs) be considered where appropriate. A number of variables would impact the consideration for a Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR), as small schools could have more than one emerging concern. At this time, the Ministry of Education has placed a moratorium on initiating PARs.

In the 2019 Capital Strategy and Capital Priorities Program Submission List​ report, staff reviewed the status of small schools and proposed that pupil accommodation reviews be considered for Newmarket Central (J.L.R. Bell Public School) and Markham Thornhill (Stornoway Crescent Public School) once the Ministry of Education lifts the moratorium on PARs.

Future Student Accommodation

Planning staff review new residential development applications across the entire Region to ensure adequate pupil accommodation. We work with municipalities and developers to designate school sites in areas of significant residential development, several years, or decades, before a new home is even constructed.
 
The Board reviews accommodation priorities on an annual basis, and depending on the anticipated timelines for development, we establish areas where school accommodation pressures are most imminent. Notwithstanding the Board’s ability to designate a school site in an area of residential development, the construction of a school is based on availability of the school site from the developer, a threshold of students in the area, pupil places available in neighbouring schools including portable usage, and funding from the Ministry of Education.
 
If you are looking to move to a new York Region community, please inquire with Planning Services staff regarding the status of a school site in a development plan.
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