Jeff Yurek, MPP Announces New Child Care Spaces in Dorchester

Published on October 26, 2021

DORCHESTER—Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, is pleased to announce that the province has provided Thames Valley District School Board with approval to tender a new child care addition in the amount of $6,619,167 at River Heights Public School in Dorchester.


This will provide six child care rooms, one EarlyON room, and 103 child care spaces. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces and parents with safe and affordable child care.


“I am very pleased that families in Dorchester finally have access to additional licensed childcare options in their home community,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP. “The addition of these spaces represents a host of new opportunities for both parents and children at a time when access to childcare has never been more important.”


Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.


River Heights Public School is located at 4269 Hamilton Road in Dorchester.



Quick Facts:


  • The Ontario Government is working with school board partners to invest in capital projects that advance safe and accessible learning opportunities for students.


  • To create new opportunities for Ontario’s families, the government is investing up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools over five years.


  • Over the next ten years, the Ontario government is investing $14 billion in capital grants, including allocating $550 million in 2020-21 for new schools, additions, and major renovations.


  • This massive investment will build new schools and help existing schools after a decade of closures and maintenance backlog.


  • Ontario has announced additional funding of $25 million to further improve ventilation in schools as students return for in-person learning this fall. This additional funding brings the net new investments in school ventilation to $600 million.


  • The province is also providing school boards with a historic $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.


  • This funding could be used to replace aging heating or air conditioning systems, repair roofs and windows, and install important accessibility features like elevators and ramps.