Major construction project updates

Status updates

We provide updates four times a year on the status of building projects. Reports are typically made in September, December, March, and June.

As of January 22, 2018, all projects are on budget and within scope. Only one project (Janet Metcalfe Public School) has schedule concerns. More details are in the Major Capital Projects – Quarterly Update Report (starting on page 19).

Project by stage

As of January 22, 2018, projects are in four different stages of completion. More about these stages can be found in “From Concept to Classroom: Leading Practices Manual for School Construction in Ontario

Stage 1: pre-design

The projects in the pre-design stage include:

  • New elementary school in South-east Cambridge (Greengate)
  • New elementary school in Huron South (Tartan Ave), Kitchener

Stage 2: design

The projects in the design stage include:

  • Grand River Collegiate Institute addition
  • Ryerson Public School addition
  • Cedar Creek Public School addition

Stage 3: pre-construction

There are no projects in the pre-construction stage.

Stage 4: construction

The projects in the construction stage include:

  • New elementary school in South-west Kitchener (Janet Metcalfe Public School – 335 Seabrook Drive, Kitchener)
  • Queensmount Public School renovation

Funding sources

Funding for school construction comes from the Ministry of Education. Some of these sources are:

  • Capital Priorities program
  • School Condition Improvement grant
  • School Facility Operations and Renewal grant

To learn more, visit the Ministry’s capital investments page.

Capital Priorities

We submit business cases once a year to the Ministry of Education for new schools or additions. The size of the grant changes with the Provincial budget.

The projects for the 2017 Capital Priorities program were submitted on September 8, 2017. The projects include:

  • A new Southwest Kitchener secondary school
  • A new Huron South (Tartan Ave) elementary school
  • A new North Cambridge (Hunt Club) elementary school
  • A new Breslau-Hopewell Creek (Thomasfield) elementary school
  • An addition at John Mahood Public School
  • An addition at Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School
  • A new Doon South II (Ormston) elementary school
  • An addition at Parkway Public School

The following projects were approved for funding in January 2018:

  • A new Huron South (Tartan Ave) elementary school

School condition improvement (SCI) grant

Funding to address health and safety issues, replace and repair building components, improve the energy efficiency of schools, and improve accessibility.

School facility operations and renewal grant

Funding to repair, renovate, and/or replace buildings. This funding can also cover leases, additions, or other partnership agreements.