On November 10, Fix Our Schools is launching a province-wide letter-writing campaign to our provincial government to let them know that we expect them to prioritize the repair and rebuilding of schools. We want Premier Wynne to “do more and do it faster” … and we want her to include public schools on the list of important infrastructure to be funded!
You can also simply copy and paste the following letter into an email.
Dear Premier Wynne, Minister Sandals, Deputy Minister Zegarac & Ontario Ombudsman
All 72 school boards in Ontario have a capital repair backlog, for a total of $15 billion of disrepair in our province’s public schools.
The 2 million students who attend Ontario public schools deserve better, as do the countless children who attend childcare/early learning programs in these same schools; the adults who work every day in these buildings; and the community members who rely upon these buildings as important community hubs.
On October 19, Canadians voted for change. We gave the Federal Liberals a mandate to deliver on their promise to increase investment in infrastructure, even if this means running a deficit. In reaction to the majority win by the Federal Liberals, Premier Wynne said:
Now that we have a federal partner with the same priority, we can do more and we can do it faster.
As a citizen of Ontario, I urge Kathleen Wynne’s government to apply this sentiment to quickly addressing the $15 billion of disrepair in our province’s school buildings. The current commitment of $11 billion in capital grants to school boards over 10 years is insufficient. More public schools in this province must be repaired and rebuilt – and we must do it faster.
So, as those with power over the funding of public schools in this province:
Will you increase capital grants to school boards to repair and rebuild Ontario’s public schools now?
Public schools are a key component of our society’s infrastructure – and must be funded as such. I look forward to hearing back from you with an answer to the question above.
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Thanks for helping to fix our schools!