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A New French Catholic School for Arnprior

November 5, 2015, OTTAWA - Ontario’s Ministry of Education just announced $498 million in funding to build and renovate schools, and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) is proud to confirm that it secured funding for a new French Catholic elementary school in Arnprior for 250 students.


The new school will make French Catholic education available to students who currently do not have access to a French school in their region. The closest French Catholic elementary school, Saint-Rémi in Kanata, is nearly 50 km away from Arnprior. Because Saint-Rémi is so far away, only 18 students from the Arnprior region attend the school even though more than 265 children in the area have the constitutional right to French Catholic education.


The CECCE is also planning to include a daycare for 36 children.


CECCE Chair Denis Poirier is delighted with the announcement. ”The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is pleased that it can build a new school in the Arnprior region. Families will have access to a school right in their community and will no longer have to travel so far to get French Catholic education for their children,” he said. “Along with the JK-8 school, the daycare will enhance the services available to meet families’ needs.”


“The students who will attend this new school and their parents can take pride in being the founders of this new school community. The students will benefit from an excellent Catholic education in French that will give them the gift of lifelong bilingualism and inspire them to follow their dreams,” added Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.


The CECCE is planning to purchase a six-acre parcel of land on which to build the school. The community will have an opportunity to participate in public consultations related to the catchment area for the new school. The school is scheduled to open in August 2017.

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