2018 Capital Priorities Setting

2018 Capital Priorities Setting
Posted on 01/31/2018
2018 Capital Priorities Setting

Many school communities have questions about how decisions are made regarding the construction of new schools and additions. Ultimately, the Ministry of Education of Ontario makes these decisions through the approval of funding for capital projects - capital in this context referring to the construction of new pupil places.  In some rare and extreme cases it may also include the rebuilding of existing schools. 

These funding decisions are made by the Ministry based on a list of Board approved capital priorities and supporting business cases school boards submit to the province.  In recent years this process has taken place on an annual basis. 

It is anticipated that the next Ministry call for capital submissions will come during the spring of 2018.  In anticipation of the call, a capital priorities-setting consultation process was approved by the Board in November of 2017.

District Needs Analysis (DNA)

The District Needs Analysis (DNA) is one tool to assist Board during the 2018 capital priorities decision-making process and consultation.  The DNAs will also inform subsequent iterations of the process over the next few years.   Other factors that are weighed in the process include, but are not limited to, child care needs, requirements of potential community hubs or partnerships, and needs resulting from reviews that serve to impact the student learning environment.

We encourage you to share your feedback:


Fax:                613 820-5210 or

Mail:                2018 OCDSB Capital Priorities

                        133 Greenbank Road

                        Ottawa, Ontario K2H 6L3


A comprehensive consultation plan was approved by the board at the November 28, 2017, Board meeting. Learn more here.

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