School Capital Plan to Benefit Thousands of Students

Your Liberal government is proud to announce the province’s first ever multi-year school capital plan.

A total of 13 communities will receive a new school or major renovations, and in response to requests from the local Regional Executive Director, we are purchasing two p3 schools in Cape Breton that we had previously surrendered.

“Having a multi-year plan is in direct response to recommendations from the auditor general and Dr. Avis Glaze’s report to provide a more predictable, long-term capital plan,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We’re putting schools in communities that have critical facility needs and most importantly, our students will get modern facilities designed with their program needs in mind.”

Schools are chosen based on the priorities submitted by the Regional Centres for Education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP). Every school on the multi-year plan was noted as a priority by the regions in which they are being built. Final selection is determined by enrolment pressures, facility condition and available funding.

Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Education
• Glace Bay area elementary school
• Northside area junior high, North Sydney-Sydney Mines area
• Breton Education Centre, New Waterford (renovation)
• Ferrisview Elementary, North Sydney (renovation)
• Harbourside Elementary School, Sydney (P3 Purchase)
• Sherwood Park Education Centre, Sydney (P3 Purchase)

Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education
• Springhill area elementary school

Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial
• Wedgeport area school
• Clare area School
• Halifax peninsula school
• Ecole Acadienne de Pomquet (renovation)

Halifax Regional Centre for Education
• Bedford Ravines area P-9 school
• Clayton Park-Fairview area school
• Eastern Shore area high school,
• St. Joseph’s A. MacKay Elementary School, Halifax (renovation)

The total cost of the 13 school new builds or major renovations plus the purchase of two P3 schools is approximately $300 million. The multi-year plan is a “rolling” plan, meaning we’ll have the flexibility to add to it every year as the first year drops off and we add another year on.

These will be modern, state of the art schools that will serve the needs of students and their communities for many years to come.