Mississauga’s City Centre is set to be the next area in the city to welcome a new school, and that will be music to the ears of many parents.

The city’s school system has been fluctuating in the past few years, with potential closures of institutions like Gordon Graydon Secondary School due to diminishing enrolment numbers, while closure of others like T.L Kennedy School in Cooksville was once assumed to be a foregone conclusion but now the school is a hot commodity with the incoming LRT a mere minute’s walk away.

It’s fair to say choosing the right school is tricky enough for parents these days, but it becomes even harder when you’re unsure if the school will remain operable while your child attends. Parents don’t want to have to make their kids switch schools halfway through, so choosing the right school may mean choosing one of the newer ones.

With that in mind, the Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, and the MPP for York South-Weston, all met at Dennis Avenue Community School in Toronto to announce a plan to introduce 39 new schools and 40 major renovations to existing ones in Ontario.

As of now, the only one that we know is coming to Mississauga is in the City Centre, under the Peel District School Board. No specific location has been announced as of yet but the only school in the downtown area as of now is the Peel District School, so there is plenty of real estate for a modern institution.

Furthermore, in a move that will no doubt appeal to even more parents, the proposal to introduce new schools and renovate current ones will introduce 2,700 new daycare spaces for children aged 0-4. In regards to Mississauga, the new City Centre school will introduce 73 childcare spaces when it opens. Daycare spots are not easy to score these days, particularly at preeminent schools, so this should be exciting news to prospective parents, who will need to keep their ears to the ground to score a spot.

Mississauga’s school system is ever-changing, and, thankfully as of 2018, evolving and improving. The government is making active moves to update current schools and create new ones to accommodate for one of the fastest growing cities in all of Canada. It’s about time.