MLA John Horgan announces new playground for Poirier Elementary in Sooke

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VictoriaStudents at Poirier Elementary are getting a new universally-accessible playground, thanks to $105,000 in new provincial funding.

“All students deserve quality, safe and accessible playgrounds at school, regardless of how much their parents can fundraise,” said Premier Horgan. “That’s why we’re lifting the burden off of parents by investing $5 million today and every year moving forward to build playgrounds where they are needed most.”

Under the old B.C. Liberal government, Parent Advisory Councils were on the hook to fundraise large sums of money for new and replacement playgrounds. This new fund will ensure that kids have access to safe, new equipment and allow parents to focus on what matters most: the success of their children.

Quick facts on the Playground Equipment Program:

  • This new, ongoing funding will provide up to $5 million each year to school districts to purchase new or replacement playgrounds.
  • This year, 26 schools are receiving $90,000 for a standard playground, and 25 schools are receiving $105,000 for a universally-accessible playground.

See the Provincial news release here: