Province restores facilities grant

The provincial government announced Wednesday it is reinstating the $110 million in annual facilities grant funding it provides school districts so they can pay for the maintenance of their buildings.

School District No. 42 traditionally received close to $2.5 million annually before the provincial government axed the annual grant in September 2009.

The money will be used to fund projects like building envelope work, mechanical systems upgrades, electrical systems upgrades, carbon Neutral projects, disability access, non-structural seismic mitigation, hazmat items, loss prevention, and roof replacements.

Last year the province provided 50 per cent funding for districts, amounting to $1.2 million for School District No. 42.