Infrastructure and Technology

Immediate investment is needed to ensure a safe environment for everyone learning and working in schools.

Ontario’s publicly funded schools are in trouble, but the government continues to fail to deliver on safe classrooms. Many schools are in such a state of disrepair that the cost of renewal now exceeds $16 billion. Data also indicate a persistent lack of funding in technology, poor or uneven internet connectivity, and insufficient access to professional development for teachers.  

The need for urgent and comprehensive upgrades to Ontario’s publicly funded schools predates COVID-19, and while not a new problem, the government has done little to rectify the situation.

Infrastructure and technology can’t be neglected

  • Out-of-date and poorly maintained facilities, and technology that has not kept pace with students’ educational needs, have an immediate and detrimental impact on the learning environment.
  • Ontario’s schools need substantial, sustained investments in technology, infrastructure, and repairs to ensure students and teachers aren’t forced to learn and work in buildings with leaking roofs, mold, and other dangers.
  • The government must act proactively and make the necessary investments to ensure that all schools have ventilation systems that meet the health and safety standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, effectively reducing the airborne spread of COVID-19.

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