Local MLAs Raj Chouhan and Anne Kang welcome school upgrades for Burnaby

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BURNABY – New Democrat MLAs Raj Chouhan and Anne Kang say students in Burnaby are going to see more green, efficient and safe learning spaces thanks to over $1.1 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects in SD 41.

“Safe and comfortable learning spaces help set students up for success,” said Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds.

“As a former teacher, I understand the importance of providing students with modern and updated learning environments. I’m proud that our government is putting resources into classrooms for these important upgrades,” said Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake.

The Burnaby School District (SD 41) is receiving $1,187,423 in funding for lighting upgrades at Burnaby South Secondary and Moscrop Secondary.

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 a historic level of support to BC students. We’ve 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, we introduced an annual playground fund, delivering an additional $5 million a year to districts across the province.

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