Ottawa Catholic School Board To Build 13.9 Million Dollar School & 1.3 Million Dollar School-Based Childcare Centre In Riverside South

The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s family of schools is growing. The province announced today the community of Riverside South would be home to a new $15.2 million Catholic Elementary School, including childcare spaces.  Currently, the planned opening date is September 2024. We plan to welcome 507 students.

Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton, said the investment is part of our multi-year plan to build, expand, and update schools and childcare spaces across the province. She added that vibrant community schools and school-based childcare centres are crucial to supporting busy working families in Ontario.


  • 507 pupil spaces
  • 2 child care rooms for 39 child care spaces
  • $13.9 million for capital
  • $1.3 million for childcare
  • $15.2 million investment with an anticipated opening date of September 2024

Zone 4 Trustee Quote

Ottawa Catholic School Board Trustee Spencer Warren said,” I want to thank MPP Goldie Ghamari for continuing to champion Catholic schools. The new school will be in the heart of a growing community, where many students will be able to walk with their friends and classmates to school and help to strengthen a community bond. I”m pleased to have successfully advocated for a new Catholic elementary school in Riverside South.”.

Chair of the Board Quote

“This investment will provide additional choice and greater flexibility for Catholic families and new opportunities for Catholic students,” said Mark Mullan. As Chair of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, “I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the provincial government, the Ministry of Education, and especially MPP Goldie Ghamari, and Trustee Spencer Warren, who worked tirelessly to ensure a new Catholic elementary school would be built in Riverside South. Today is a good day for Catholic education in Ottawa.”

Director of Education Quote

Director of Education Thomas D’Amico said, “This investment will provide a quality Catholic learning environment and new opportunities for the Catholic families who have been advocating for another Catholic elementary school in Riverside South. He praised the ongoing efforts of parent leaders Erinn Ladouceur and Roxeanne Marberl, who ensured that provincial leaders heard the voices of Catholic parents. Director D’Amico also acknowledged the tremendous leadership of the Planning and Facilities Team, who worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Education to develop a compelling, successful business case.

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