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New school in Toronto condo building will be first of its kind in Ontario: province

TORONTO — The Ontario government says a new elementary school slated to be built in a downtown Toronto condo building will be the first of its kind in the province.

The province says the Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School will create 455 student spaces in a new mixed-use condo project.

It says the project could eventually be replicated elsewhere to help meet the needs of families in urban and high-density areas.

The government says it is investing $44 million in building the so-called "podium school."

It says the money is part of more than $600 million in spending that was recently announced to support new school and child care spaces.

The government says that money will go towards 78 school and child care related projects.

“With many families living in condos and high-density urban communities, we believe their children deserve access to modern and safe schools in the hearts of their communities,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said in a statement.

"I am proud to deliver this progressive urban school within a high-density condominium project. This innovative partnership will provide access for young families to a state-of-the-art school in the heart of Toronto.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2022.

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