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The Ministry of Education has announced that all schools will remain closed to students beginning April 19. Please do not send your child to school. Remote learning will continue during this closure.

Capital Strategy

The Capital Strategy identifies new schools, additions to schools and replacement school requirements and will serve as the basis for the Board’s multi-year capital funding request to the Ministry of Education.

The goals of the Capital Strategy are provided below. The implementation of each goal is subject to Ministry of Education approvals and funding.

  • To provide community schools for all students wherever possible
  • To provide permanent accommodation to match sustainable community growth in a timely fashion
  • To minimize the reliance on portable accommodation
  • To replace older school facilities where conditions warrant
  • To utilize excess capacity within the system wherever practical
  • To combine schools and/or undertake pupil accommodation reviews where circumstances warrant according to Policy #463, Pupil Accommodation Review


Projects Submitted to the Ministry of Education

(2019 Capital Priorities Submission List)


*Proposed OpeningProject NameMunicipalityProject TypeProposed CapacityStatus
2023Sharon PS (Replacement/New School)East GwillimburyGrowth/Replacement638Approved
2023Aurora 2C ESAuroraGrowth638Approved
2023Stouffville ESWhitchurch-StouffvilleGrowth638Approved
2023Kleinburg/Nashville ESVaughanGrowth638Approved
2023Markham Centre ES​MarkhamGrowth638 



*Proposed OpeningProject NameMunicipalityProject TypeProposed Capacity
2025Block 11 SSVaughanGrowthTBD
2025Oak Ridges SS (Dr. Bette Stephenson addition)Richmond HillGrowthTBD


* Subject to Ministry of Education funding approval. School opening dates are based on a minimum of 2-3 years for elementary and 4-5 years for secondary, from date of approval.


Emerging Projects

YearProject NameMuncipalityProject TypeProposed Capacity
2024North Leslie ESRichmond HillGrowth638
2024Oak Ridges East #1 ESRichmond HillGrowth638
2024Queensville ESEast GwillimburyGrowth638
Post 2024Block 40 ES (South site)VaughanGrowth638
Post 2024Cornell ESMarkhamGrowth638
Post 2024Holland Landing ESEast GwillimburyGrowth638
Post 2024King City ESKing CityGrowth638
Post 2024New School/Adrienne Clarkson PS (Addition)Markham/Richmond HillGrowthTBD
Post 2024Newmarket SE ES​Newmarket​GrowthTBD
Post 2024Stouffville DSS (Addition)Whitchurch-StouffvilleGrowthTBD

Emerging projects are listed in alphabetical order by year.


Proposed Pupil Accommodation Reviews

In previous Capital Strategies, small schools have been reviewed and recommendations were brought forward to annually review or propose that Pupil Accommodation Reviews (PARs) be considered where appropriate. A number of variables would impact the consideration for a Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR), as small schools could have more than one emerging concern. At this time, the Ministry of Education has placed a moratorium on initiating PARs.

In the 2019 Capital Strategy and Capital Priorities Program Submission List​ report, staff reviewed the status of small schools and proposed that pupil accommodation reviews be considered for Newmarket Central (J.L.R. Bell Public School) and Markham Thornhill (Stornoway Crescent Public School) once the Ministry of Education lifts the moratorium on PARs.


Future Student Accommodation

Planning staff review new residential development applications across the entire Region to ensure adequate pupil accommodation. We work with municipalities and developers to designate school sites in areas of significant residential development, several years, or decades, before a new home is even constructed.

The Board reviews accommodation priorities on an annual basis, and depending on the anticipated timelines for development, we establish areas where school accommodation pressures are most imminent. Notwithstanding the Board’s ability to designate a school site in an area of residential development, the construction of a school is based on availability of the school site from the developer, a threshold of students in the area, pupil places available in neighbouring schools including portable usage, and funding from the Ministry of Education.

If you are looking to move to a new York Region community, please inquire with Planning Services staff regarding the status of a school site in a development plan.