Ontario Government announces “Plan to Catch Up”
As we look forward to September, our government is fully committed to ensuring all students return to the classroom on time, with the full school experience that students deserve. Our government has increased investments by over $683 million dollars to get students back on track following two years of disruption – making it the single largest investment in learning recovery, tutoring supports, summer learning, mental health and special education in Ontario history.
We are investing $176 million to expand access to free school-based tutoring. While many parents and educators have noted stagnation or regression in reading and math skills, our government is meeting this challenge head-on with $40 million in foundational learning support. We are coupling learning recovery investments with additional supports for student mental health and well-being in 2022-23, by investing more than $90 million including $10 million in new funding, which is the highest amount in Ontario history. This represents a 420% increase in mental health funding since the Liberal government in 2017-18.
Our government is continuing to build state-of-the-art schools and classrooms while renewing existing schools, investing $2.1B for the 2022-23 school year.
Our government will continue our focus on STEM education to build critical life & job skills so students can graduate with well-paying jobs.
Under Premier Ford, our government will continue to invest in the next generation – ensuring students graduate with a competitive advantage so they can emerge as Canada’s leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.