Ontario government investing an additional $381 million in funds for back-to-school

The Ontario government will invest an additional $381 million, on top of the nearly $900 million invested previously, to further support school reopenings in the fall.

Here is the break down:

Reopening plan implementation: $200 million

Of that $200 million, $100 million will be used to improve health and safety for students and employees during reopening. $30 million will be used to provide PPE in schools. $70 million will be used to hired additional educators as needed.

Student Transportation: $70 million

Of the $700 million, $44.5 million will support the Driver Retention Program (DRP) and $22.5 million will be for additional transportation needs to reduce the number of students on the bus.

Special education and mental health support enhancement: $12.5 million

This will be used to hire and train additional staff in these areas as needed.

Additional public nurses: $12.5 million

This will be used to hire and support up to 125 additional nursing positions. This is to help schools manage student health and well being in relation to COVID-19.

Remote learning: $36 million

These funds will be used to support virtual learning platforms and team for secondary and elementary learning. An additional $50 million will be set aside for future pandemic concerns, learning, and training. Funding for the second half of the school year, following December, will be announced later this year.

Learn More:
Ontario Back to School Plan Reopening Guide
Additional Ontario government reopening Information