February 3, 2021 

CPCO Statement on Additional Funding for Schools  


TORONTO: The Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO) welcomes the Ministry of Education's announcement of additional funding for the increased safety of our administrators, their staff and students. 

"One of the biggest priorities for Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals is to provide students and staff with a safe learning environment,” said CPCO President Blaine MacDougall. “With the increased complexities of operating a school during the pandemic, we welcome this additional funding. The funding will assist in several ways. It will address the increased demand for mental health supports for all students and staff. It will also allow for improvements in the equalization of technology gaps that exist throughout our province and will help improve remote learning for all. Finally, it will support capital improvements for schools to create a healthier environment for learning to occur. The Minister's announcement will provide administrators with additional tools that they can use to address potential learning gaps among students." 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals have undertaken extraordinary efforts to implement new measures to protect the health and safety of themselves, their staff, students and school communities. 

“We look forward to our continued work with the Government of Ontario to identify further ways to support our administrators in their daily efforts to keep our schools safe," said MacDougall.  

CPCO and its partners will continue to advance constructive solutions that support administrators in their efforts to create a safe learning and working environment. 

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CPCO represents 2,100 Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals, who lead over 1,300 schools in 29 Catholic district school boards in Ontario.  

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   

Hannah Yakobi 
Marketing & Communications Manager 
Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO)  
416-948-2726 (cell)