Billions in spending on Education expected in Ontario budget

After weeks of spending announcements, the province will slapping more money down in Thursday's budget.

Newstalk 1010 has learned it will put $11 billion over ten years towards capital grants for schools across the province - money used by school boards to build new buildings and renovate existing ones.

That funding includes a four-year investment of $750 million dedicated to solving capacity issues. The province will urge school boards to work together to move students from schools at over-capacity to ones that have empty classrooms.

Right now, over 600 schools are at below 50 per cent capacity. More than 1,000 are over-capacity, having to build temporary fixes - or "portables" - to house classes.

This investment is new money.

Sources say the province is focused on investing in "our students to succeed and continue to be the best in the English speaking world."

At an event the day before the budget, Premier Kathleen Wynne knocked down suggestions the province is spending too much. She says they're making "strategic investments."

Despite these funding announcements, the province continues to deal with its $11.3 billion deficit. The Finance Minister has said the province will still have a balanced budget by 2017-18 but likely won't meet interim targets.

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