The Ontario government is investing $44 million to build the new Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School within a new mixed-use condominium project  at Yonge and Harbour Street in Toronto.

The new school is an innovative project undertaken in collaboration with the school board and Menkes Developments. A podium school, the project is unique in Ontario and will provide more student accommodation for the lower Yonge and waterfront neighbourhoods.

“With many families living in condos and high-density urban communities, we believe their children deserve access to modern and safe schools in the hearts of their communities,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “I am proud to deliver this progressive urban school within a high-density condominium project. This innovative partnership will provide access for young families to a state-of-the-art school in the heart of Toronto.”

The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over 10 years. There are currently more than 300 child care and education building-related projects in development across Ontario with more than 100 actively under construction.

“The new Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School will be a great new addition to our city and will provide much-needed space for students,” said Mayor John Tory. “We know that in a growing city like Toronto, we need unique and creative approaches to creating important public spaces like schools. This new project between the provincial government and Menkes Development will bring the school right into the community at a new mixed-use condominium.”

“We are thrilled to build Canada’s first elementary school that is completely integrated within a high-density mixed-use development right in downtown Toronto,” added Stephanie Donaldson, Trustee, Ward 9, Davenport and Spadina-Fort York. “This is great news for students in the area and an exciting opportunity for the Toronto District School Board to shape an innovative urban school model that can be used across Ontario and Canada.”

Featured image: The Ontario government invested $44 million to build the new Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School within a new mixed-use condominium project in Toronto. (Menkes Developments)

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