More than $20 million investment to modernize schools in the Outaouais region

GATINEAUQCJune 21, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Students in the Outaouais region will soon be able to take advantage of stimulating and modern learning environments thanks to an investment of more than $20 million to carry out an expansion and redevelopment project in Gatineau† The Minister for Families, Minister responsible for the Outaouais region and MNA for Papineau, Mr Mathieu Lacombe, on behalf of the Minister for Education, Mr Jean-François Roberge, made the announcement today. Thanks to the historic investments made over the past four years, including those in the Québec Infrastructure Plan (PQI) 2022-2032, our schools are getting a facelift. The investments will allow to carry out an extension and transformation project for École Sacré-Coeur, located in Gatineauallowing the addition of 11 classes in the Outaouais region.

Nationally, investments announced in Québec’s 2022-2032 infrastructure plan to upgrade school infrastructure are close to $2.5 billion for the 2022-2023 school year. These large sums, earmarked for adding space, replacing buildings and renovating them, demonstrate once again that education is a priority for the Quebec government. In fact, over the past four years, more than $11 billion has been invested to provide the public education network with stimulating, customized and safe learning spaces for Quebec students, especially with the commitment of the new school generation.

Quotes:

“As a member of Papineau, I am very proud of these major investments in Gatineau, in the Masson-Angers sector. These are necessary to enable children who attend school to continue to thrive in places that promote learning. Investing in education is investing in our future! This work will have direct and positive effects on the lives of thousands of people, starting with our young people. I know that this project was expected by the community, so on behalf of all the families in the region, all students and all staff, I salute its completion and thank my colleague, Minister Roberge, for awarding these large sums! †

Mathieu LacombeMNA for Papineau, Minister for Families and Minister responsible for the Outaouais regio region

“Education is an important factor for change, success and socialization and enables students to realize their full potential. And the school is the foundation. So today’s announcement makes me extremely proud. It shows that our government is once again taking concrete action to make education a priority. This large investment directly benefits students and all the school staff who visit these places every day. By inspiringly renovating or building schools, we tell them that their school has an important mission and that we do what it takes to honor it. The continued commitment of the new generation of schools will certainly contribute to achieving this objective, not to mention that the renovation works that have been and are being carried out are an integral part of the economic recovery of the regions of Quebec, especially by using local materials. †

Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education

Highlights:

  • All announced investments are foreseen in Québec’s 2022-2032 infrastructure plan.
  • The size Add space focuses on school construction, expansion and transformation projects as well as on the acquisition of modular buildings or buildings by educational organizations.
  • In total, this represents investments of more than $965 million in additional space throughout Quebec.
  • All school building and reconstruction work by educational organizations must fit in with the government’s new vision of a new generation of schools.
  • Measures Building maintenance and Elimination of the maintenance deficit are aimed at preserving or restoring the condition of school buildings. In addition, for the 2022-2023 school year, a total of more than $1.2 billion will be available for school renovations. This should make it possible to complete thousands of school renovation projects throughout Quebec.
  • Over the past four years, the Quebec government has invested more than $11 billion in public education network infrastructure to add space, replace buildings and renovate them.
  • In four years, the government has doubled the PQI budget for education, from 9 billion to more than 21 billion dollars.

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SOURCE Office of the Minister of Education

For more information: Roxanne Bourque, Communications Advisor to the Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Outaouais Region, 418 999-1326, [email protected] † Florent Tanlet, Press Attaché and Strategic Advisor, Cabinet of the Minister of Education, [email protected]

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