Budget 2013: Building more classroom and child-care spaces

Adding more child-care centres and schools is part of the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan. The Province has recently announced new or expanded schools in St. Boniface and south Winnipeg.

Along with Commission scolaire franco-manitobaine, the Province announced this week that the École Taché School will expand. This St. Boniface area French school currently houses 350 students. The expansion will include, among others, three new kindergarten rooms, four classrooms, and a new daycare that will accommodate 74 children.

To meet the needs of families in the growing Waverley West neighbourhood, the Province in conjunction with Pembina Trails School Division, recently announced a new early learning to Grade 8 school for the area. The school will accommodate 600 students and include 114 new child care spaces. It will be located at the southeast corner of Waverley Street in the South Pointe area of the Waverley West housing development.

Sage Creek will also see a new early learning to Grade 8 school announced by the Province and Louis Riel School Division. The new, state-of-the-art school, will accommodate between 450 and 600 students, and include, among others, a science technology education room, a practical arts classroom and facilities for special-needs students. The school will also include an early learning and child care centre that will provide up to 114 new child-care spaces.

The Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan includes not only schools and child care centres but will also help build the province’s critical infrastructure priorities such as flood protection, roads, and hospitals.