The province has given Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario approval to proceed to tender an addition to École élémentaire publique Nouvel Horizon.

Funding for the expansion was officially announced in February 2018. At that time, it was said that the expansion would allow the school to welcome more than 90 new students and 15 children in daycare at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Now, the expansion is described as making way for 216 more student spaces, along with 15 licensed child care spaces and one new child care room. According to a CEPEO spokesperson, the Ministry of Education approved CEPEO’s request for a scope change to increase this project from four classrooms to nine classrooms and one child care room for a revised approval of $4.6M.

It was reported in 2018 that École élémentaire Nouvel Horizon had seen a 14% growth in enrolment for the 2016-2017 school year.

The $4.6 million investment will provide a new, quality learning environment for the students of Hawkesbury, as well as new child care rooms. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.

“Delivering French education is critically important for our students and the long-term economic prosperity of our province,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Progress towards the construction of the addition to Nouvel Horizon shows that our government is listening to French-speaking parents and delivering real support so their children can achieve lifelong success.”

“Today’s announcement is great news for Hawkesbury students and families,” said Sam Oosterhoff, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education. “Building an addition to Nouvel Horizon will provide young people with modern, state-of-the-art classroom facilities and make it easier for hard-working parents to access affordable, high-quality child care.”

Highlights of the addition include:

  • 216 elementary student spaces.
  • 15 new licensed child care spaces.
  • 1 new child care room.

École élémentaire publique Nouvel Horizon is located at 433 Cartier Boulevard in Hawkesbury.