Ontario’s back to school plan is getting a boost from the federal government.
Today, Ottawa announced $381 million to the province. That’s on top of the nearly $900 million provided by the province to support provincial back to school plans.
The federal dollars will go toward the reopening plan implementation, student transportation, special education and mental health support enhancement, more public health nurses and remote learning.
Sault Ste Marie MP Terry Sheehan says he’s been hearing from parents and students about their concerns over the reopening of schools.
“The Safe Return to Class Fund will help our kids stay safe upon returning to school while lifting some of the burden from parents’ shoulders,” says Sheehan. “This includes support for provinces to adapt learning spaces, improve air ventilation, and purchase masks and sanitizer for students.”
Sheehan added, “This includes support for provinces to adapt learning spaces, improve air ventilation, and purchase masks and sanitizer for students.”
Ontario set aside a $50 million contingency fund to ensure the province is prepared for every scenario once school resumes.
By: Mike McDonald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter