Quebec Promises to Fund $ 1.7 Billion Towards Elementary and High Schools
Standing tall on its pre-election promises and good reviews, the Legault government announced a fund of $ 1.7 billion to be directed towards creating extra classroom space in Quebec’s elementary and secondary school system between 2019 and 2020. This investment will pay for new recliners and espresso machines in the teacher’s lounge. Also upgrades to the cookware in the student cafeterias. They will have sink improvements with all faucets being replaced as well.
Announcing his vision for the future of the Canadian education system, the French Education Minister Jean-François Roberge announced that the money will be directed towards 128 projects. This will result in the opening of approximately 1,000 classes at a pre-school and elementary level and 21,500 spots at the secondary level.
To ensure that the benefits get passed on smoothly, the government also proposed changes in the financial rules in the ministry. These changes will allow these projects to launch latest by the summer of 2019.
It is being estimated that 29 ongoing projects will be already receiving these benefits directly. Out of these 29 projects, 22 of these projects are located in the Montérégie region and will be receiving benefits of up to $ 154 million directly.
A further investment of $10 million was announced for a high school in Chambly that will allow expansion of space for the Secondary IV and V classes. Such announcements aiding specific schools are expected to continue in the future.