Surrey – New Democrat MLAs Jinny Sims, Garry Begg, Rachna Singh, Harry Bains, Bruce Ralston, and Jagrup Brar say students in Surrey are going to see more green, efficient and safe learning spaces thanks to $2.9 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects in the Surrey School District.
The Surrey School District (SD36) is receiving $2,908,812 in funding for school maintenance projects, including:
School Enhancement Program (SEP)
- Accessibility upgrades at Sullivan Elementary
Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP)
- Boiler upgrade at William Watson Elementary
- HVAC upgrades at Hyland Elementary, Jessie Lee Elementary
Bus Acquisition Program (BUS)
- One new 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 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.