Local MLA Bowinn Ma welcomes school upgrades for North Vancouver

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NORTH VANCOUVER – New Democrat MLA Bowinn Ma says students in North Vancouver are going to see more green, efficient and safe learning spaces thanks to over $1.4 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects in SD 44.

“We are investing in safe and energy-efficient learning environments,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “Students deserve comfortable and modern spaces where they can learn, grow, and reach their full potential.”

The North Vancouver School District (SD 44) is receiving $1,499,047 in funding for school maintenance projects, including exterior upgrades at Mountainside Secondary and building envelope upgrades at Dorothy Lynas Elementary. The district will also acquire one new school bus.

These funding programs are part of a $217.7 million investment under the Annual Facilities Grant (AFG), School Enhancement Program, Carbon Neutral Capital Program, Building Envelope Program and Bus Acquisition Program, to ensure students have well-maintained learning environments and bus services that are safe, comfortable and efficient. This year’s funding is $32.3 million higher than it was in 2016/17.

After years of underfunding by the previous BC Liberal government, the New Democrat government is delivering an historic level of support to BC students. The New Democrat government has added an extra $2.2 billion in operating funding over 2016/17 levels and created a $2.8 billion school capital budget to build, seismically upgrade and expand K-12 schools. To ensure students have a safe place to play, an annual playground fund has been introduced, delivering an additional $5 million a year to districts across the province.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0016-000410