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  • January 17, 2018

Mauro Announces Ontario Bringing New School to Atikokan

Province Supporting Students and Families with New and Improved Facilities


January 17, 2018


Ontario is supporting families in Atikokan with a new consolidated K-12 school that will provide a modern learning environment for students.

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan was at the Atikokan High School today to announce that the province is investing in a significant rebuild and addition to the existing high school to create a new K-12 school.  This multi million dollar project will accommodate nearly 417 students from K-12 and includes three new child care rooms with 49 licensed child care spaces and a new child and family room.

This is part of a new investment across the province to build 39 brand new schools and undertake 40 major renovations or additions that will include more than 2,700 licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4, helping more families access safe and affordable child care closer to home.

Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


"Our government’s $23 million investment into a new K-12 school is great news for Atikokan.  I am proud that we are making a real difference for students and families now and for future generations.  Congratulations to the school board, staff, the accommodation review team and community partners.  Your vision and commitment to student success has helped make this project a reality.”

— Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay - Atikokan

“In building a new consolidated school, we are laying the groundwork to support a culture of lifelong learning and the Board's commitment to providing high quality academic programming and enhanced opportunities for both our elementary and secondary students.”

— Dianne McCormack, Chair, Rainy River District School Board

“This announcement signifies the efforts of school and Board staff and community partners, working together to support Atikokan students, today and into the future.  The investment in the Atikokan Kindergarten to Grade 12 school, with the funding for daycare and a child and family room, will provide our students and their families with welcoming, safe, and supportive teaching and learning environments to enhance student achievement and well-being.

— Heather Campbell, Director of Education, Rainy River District School Board

“Ontario is committed to building learning environments that support student achievement and well-being. That’s why we continue to invest in new, renovated, and expanded schools so that every student can learn and grow in a space that enables them to reach their full potential.”

— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

“Schools are a natural fit for licensed child care spaces. They provide families with access to safe, high-quality care in a convenient setting, and offer young children the opportunity to transition into full-day kindergarten in a familiar environment. These new spaces will give our youngest learners a strong start in life, and make a real difference in the lives of many Ontario families.”

— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care


  • Ontario is investing more than $23 Million for expansion and renovations to create the new consolidated school in Atikokan.  This project will create a total of 49 licensed child care spaces (4 new) and 1 EarlyON (child and family program) rooms.
  • In 2018, Ontario is investing $784 million in 79 new and renovated schools. This investment will also create a total of more than 2,700 new licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4.
  • Since 2013, the government has invested $9.1 billion in capital funding for school boards to support more than 160 new schools and more than 460 additions and renovations.
    • Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding over the next five years to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities.


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