What’s happening in Rainbow Schools?

Ontario Building a New Elementary School in Sudbury

Ontario is building a new elementary school for 387 students in Sudbury and renovating four other area schools to provide the best possible learning environments. This will lay the groundwork for their future success and improve access to licensed child care for local families.

These new projects will provide students with modern facilities that support student learning and help the Rainbow District School Board reduce costs associated with under-used space. The new JK to Grade 6 elementary school will accommodate students from Carl A Nesbitt, Ernie Checkeris, and Westmount Avenue Public School and also house three child care rooms and one child and family program room.

Renovation projects will be completed at four other area schools, including:

  • A gym addition for Confederation Secondary School.
  • Churchill Public School to accommodate incoming students from Cyril Varney Public School.
  • Chelmsford Valley District Composite School to accommodate students from Chelmsford Public School and Grades 7 and 8 students from Larchwood Public School.
  • Using underutilized rooms for new child care spaces at Levack Public School.

These projects are part of the largest infrastructure investment in schools, hospitals, public transit, roads and bridges in Ontario’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in new and renovated schools and increasing access to high-quality child care is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“The best investment a government can make is in its young learners. The new school and renovations to others will provide local students with modern learning facilities and are terrific additions to Sudbury.”
— Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury

“By building the best possible learning environments for our students, we are laying the groundwork for their future success. These school infrastructure projects will support the well-being and achievement of students across the province for years to come.”
— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

“Integrating more licensed child care spaces in Ontario schools is an important part of our renewed vision for the child care and early years system in our province. These new projects will make a real difference in the lives of many children, families and communities.”
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care


  • Ontario is investing more than $23 million to support Rainbow District School Board in completing these infrastructure projects.
  • Since 2011, Rainbow District School Board and Sudbury Catholic District School Board have received capital funding totalling $170 million from the       Province. These investments are supporting the construction of 11 projects, including four new schools.
  • Since 2013, Ontario has invested $9.3 billion in capital funding for school boards to support 121 new schools and 144 additions and renovations.
  • The Province is helping 100,000 more children access quality, licensed child care in schools, homes, and communities over the next five years.
  • Ontario is investing $1.6 billion in new capital funding to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities over the next five years.


Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario

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“The best investment a government can make is in its young learners," said Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury. "The new school and renovations to others will provide local students with modern learning facilities and are terrific additions to Sudbury.”
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"With a new school and significant renovations in New Sudbury, a revitalized school in Valley North, and a new gym in Valley East, students will continue to have access to the best programming possible in quality school facilities," said Rainbow District School Board Chair, Doreen Dewar. "Better buildings support better learning for better student achievement and well-being into the future."
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"Children love going to school and will enjoy it even more in a new facility, where they will have an opportunity to learn and grow in an up-to-date environment," said parent Tara Savard, Vice-Chair of the School Council at Ernie Checkeris Public School.
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"Students will benefit the most from these new investments," said Director of Education Norm Blaseg. "Minister Thibeault, thank you for being a champion for children and a champion for education. Please extend our gratitude to the Minister of Education for investing in our schools."