Ontario Announces New School in Eglinton-Lawrence

Published on April 23, 2021

Province Approves Construction of New School and Retrofit to Dante Alighieri Academy CSS

As part of Ontario’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the province has given Toronto Catholic District School Board approval for a major retrofit to Dante Alighieri Academy Catholic Secondary School, which will be converted to a new elementary school with child care rooms, Regina Mundi Catholic School. A new building will be constructed as the new location for Dante Alighieri CSS.

The $43.5 million investment will improve the learning environment for the students of North York, as well as new child care rooms in the elementary school. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.

“The funding for the retrofit of Dante Alighieri CSS to convert to a new elementary school, Regina Mundi CS and construction of a new school location for Dante Alighieri CSS students is great news for our community,” said Robin Martin, MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence. “This investment will provide a quality learning environment and new opportunities for the children of North York.”  

Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.

“After decades of advocacy, I am proud to support a critical investment in North York — a new school and an entirely renovated school — for the benefit of children for generations to come,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “For hard-working Toronto families, our investment will help ensure that local children learn in modern, safe, and accessible schools with expanded spaces to meet the needs of the growing community.”

Highlights of the retrofit and new construction include:

  • 88 new licensed child care spaces
  • 5 new child care rooms
  • 450 elementary pupil places
  • 1300 secondary pupil places

“This community reflects a special part of Toronto, and Toronto Catholic’s history,” said Maria Rizzo, Toronto Catholic School Trustee, Ward 5 North York. “The Dante Alighieri and Regina Mundi communities have been waiting a long time for their new schools, and we are grateful for the support and investment from the Government of Ontario. I am certain this redevelopment will nurture student learning for decades to come.”

The new Dante Alighieri CSS location will be located at 60 Playfair Ave. and Regina Mundi CS will be located at 70 Playfair Ave, North York. 

Quick Facts:

  • The Ontario Government is working with school board partners to invest in capital projects that advance safe and accessible learning opportunities for students.
  • To create new opportunities for Ontario’s families, the government is investing up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools over five years.
  • The Ontario Government announced in Budget 2020 that over the next ten years, Ontario is investing $13 billion in capital grants, including allocating $550M in 2020-21 for new schools, additions and major renovations.
  • This massive investment will build new schools and help existing schools after a decade of closures and maintenance backlog.
  • Ontario is also providing school boards with a historic $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
  • This funding could be used to replace aging heating or air conditioning systems, repair roofs and windows, and install important accessibility features like elevators and ramps.