Planning Begins for New Francophone Elementary School in Regina
Today Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant joined representatives from Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (CÉF) to announce a brand new Francophone Prekindergarten to Grade 6 elementary school in Regina. This new school is part of the government’s $7.5 billion two-year capital plan to build a strong Saskatchewan and stimulate our economic recovery following the pandemic.
“Today is an major day for Regina’s Francophone communities, as we take another step toward increasing the learning opportunities for all of our students,” Wyant said. “Our province’s Francophone communities have a rich history, and it is important that we continue to support that by providing quality education to Saskatchewan’s French students.”
“We are extremely happy to be able to announce today these new additional spaces for Francophone students in our beautiful dynamic and fast growing Fransaskois community,” Conseil scolaire Fransaskois Chair Alpha Barry said. “We look forward to working with our provincial government partners to bring the project to fruition.”
The new facility is expected to provide space for 350 students, which will reduce enrolment pressures on École Monseigneur de Laval Pavillion élémentaire school located in Regina’s south end.
The Ministry of Education and the CÉF are currently working with the City of Regina to select a location in north Regina for the future Francophone school, which is expected to be completed in 2023. The ministry is also currently working with SaskBuilds to secure a project manager to ensure the needs of the Francophone community and CÉF are identified and incorporated into the design of the future school.
The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the importance of engaging the Francophone community to improve French education attainment and support cultural development across the province. The ministry continues to work within the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed with the CÉF in March 2019, with a commitment to develop schools in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert by 2025.
Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has committed approximately $1.9 billion toward school infrastructure projects. This includes 57 new or replacement schools as well as 28 major renovations.
In addition, over the next two years the Government of Saskatchewan is investing $7.5 billion in infrastructure projects. This includes the $2 billion capital injection to help build a strong Saskatchewan and stimulate our province’s economic recovery.
More than $135 million of this stimulus package will go toward four new schools, two major renovations, and many maintenance projects for school divisions in communities across the province.