Posted on: 10/12/23
DPCDSB RECEIVES MINISTRY FUNDING APPROVAL FOR TRACK & FIELD FACILITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA
New facility will benefit Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Secondary School students and Malton community
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) is pleased to announce the Ministry of Education’s approval for a capital project in partnership with the City of Mississauga that will support the students of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Secondary School and benefit the Malton community.
This includes the use of up to $2,000,000 from capital proceeds of disposition representing 50% of the funds required for the construction of a new artificial turf soccer field, four-lane oval, and long jump pit at Anaka Park, which is owned by the City of Mississauga and adjacent to Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Secondary School.
The ministry also approved DPCDSB’s request for approval to enter into a long-term joint-use agreement with the City of Mississauga for the permanent outdoor athletic facility improvement.
“We are so very pleased to receive Ministry approval and to be able to get over the critical first hurdle to proceed with this long-awaited capital project in conjunction with the City of Mississauga,” said Luz del Rosario, Chair of the DPCDSB Board of Trustees. “This has been a long time coming and we look forward to the day in the not-so-distant future when students from Ascension of our Lord Catholic Secondary School are able to take to the field and enjoy the facilities."
“We wish to acknowledge and thank the Ministry of Education for helping us move forward for this much needed project that, when completed, will benefit both Ascension of our Lord Catholic Secondary School students, as well as members of the Malton community at large,” said Thomas Thomas, DPCDSB Vice Chair and Catholic trustee for Mississauga Ward 6.
“The students of Ascension have been without any outdoor sports facilities for far too long. A joint use agreement between the City and the Board has finally made an all-weather soccer field and track a reality for students and for the community,” said Councillor Carolyn Parrish. “I look forward to a continuation of the amazing athletic awards the students of Ascension have achieved over the years!”
“We are determined to build schools and expansions faster, part of our commitment to modernize schools in fast growing communities," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. "We are proud to approve an outdoor athletic facility improvement for students at Ascension of our Lord Catholic Secondary School in Malton, along with increasing funding, staffing and a back-to-basics focus on reading, writing and math skills to help ensure students graduate with confidence that they can succeed in good-paying careers."
DPCDSB is one of the largest and most diverse school districts in Ontario with approximately 73,000 students and 151 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville.