Will Bouma
Will Bouma

Ontario Building New School in Brantford

Province’s investment in innovative and modern learning spaces will ensure students have high quality education

NEWS June 24, 2024

BRANTFORD – As part of the province’s ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools, the Ontario government has provided the Grand Erie District School Board with approval to issue the tender for the new Southwest Brantford (Shellard Lane) Public Elementary School to create more student spaces and child care spaces. This is supported by an investment of $67.1 million which includes additional funding of $24.7 million.

Once completed, this project will deliver 650 elementary student spaces and 64 licensed child care spaces for local families. The investment is part of Ontario’s commitment to providing about $16 billion to support school construction, renewal and improvement over 10 years. Since 2018, the government has approved or supported the development of over 300 school-related projects including child care, of which more than 100 are actively under construction.

“The funding for a new Southwest Brantford (Shellard Lane) Public Elementary School in Brantford is great news for our community,” said Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford—Brant. “This investment will ensure families and students have access to a quality learning environment in the years ahead.”

Additionally, Ontario is taking action to ensure that school board capital assets are used effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of growing communities, support student learning and ensure value for taxpayer dollars. The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 empowers decision-makers to build modern schools faster by better utilizing school capacity, reducing barriers for school boards to facilitate agreements for schools in multi-use buildings such as condo towers, and shortening planning time through design standardization when constructing, renovating, or making additions to schools.

“As a father, I understand that the local school really is the heart of the community, and that it’s so important for young families to have a school that’s close to home,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Education. “Our government is listening to hard-working moms and dads, which is why we are delivering a new, state-of-the-art Southwest Brantford (Shellard Lane) Public Elementary School for Brantford families, along with increasing funding, staffing and a back-to-basics focus on reading, writing and math to help ensure students graduate with the fundamental skills they need to succeed.” 

“Breaking ground on a new school and community hub marks an exciting start to what will be a multi-faceted space to learn, grow and be inspired,” said Susan Gibson, Chair, Grand Erie District School Board. “Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Education and this partnership with the City of Brantford and the Brantford Public Library, we’re laying the foundation for a community asset that will serve generations to come.”

“This project has been a partnership in the truest sense of the word, and thanks to a lot of cooperation and collaboration, we’re achieving something greater than the sum of its parts,” said JoAnna Roberto, Director of Education, Grand Erie District School Board. “Our thanks to the community partners and the Ministry of Education for sharing in this collective vision of what’s possible.”

Highlights of the project include:

  • 650 new student spaces
  • 4 new child care rooms (64 new child care spaces)

“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, we’re building more state-of-the-art schools to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities. By investing in innovative and modern learning spaces, we’re ensuring students have access to the quality education that will provide them with lifelong skills and education in a safe and healthy environment,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “These investments are one of the ways we’re delivering on our promise to build Ontario, with an infrastructure budget of more than $190 billion over the next decade.”

Southwest Brantford (Shellard Lane) Public Elementary School will be located at 230 Shellard Lane in Brantford. 

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested more than $3.6 billion in capital construction projects in education, including 139 new schools, 109 additions and renovations to existing facilities, creating more than 98,000 student spaces and over 8,000 new licensed child care spaces.
  • In 2023-24, the ministry provided renewal funding of approximately $1.4 billion to school boards to revitalize and renew aged building systems and components. The same amount has been allocated for the 2024-25 school year.
  • The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 ensures the public education system focuses on what matters most: teaching important life‑long skills such as reading, writing and math; improving accountability and transparency for parents and families; maximizing capital assets of boards to support building modern schools faster and better utilizing current school capacity.
  • Ontario secured a $13.2 billion agreement with the federal government that will lower fees for families to an average of $10 a day for children under the age of six under the Canada‑wide Early Learning and Child Care system.


For more information, 519-759-0361 or will.bouma@pc.ola.org