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The BC NDP government has allocated $88.6 million of provincial funding towards the construction of two new schools in Langford.

A new elementary school and middle school will be built on Constellation Avenue in Langford, less than a five-minute drive from the new Belmont Secondary school.

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“Schools are at the heart of community. They are where we meet, play and connect,” said Premier John Horgan.

“These two new state-of-the-art schools coming to Langford will deliver the modern learning environments our children need, while also providing spaces for community organizations and events.”

Both schools will be constructed on a single 16-acre site that was purchased in November 2017 with $23.3 million from the Province and $1.6 million from the Sooke School District.

West Langford Elementary will have a capacity of 500 seats, built at a cost of $23.5 million. Meanwhile, West Langford Middle will cost $66.1 million and have 700 new seats.

They are expected to be ready in time for new students to attend in September 2022, a huge relief considering most schools in SD62 are nearing capacity according to Ravi Parmar, board chair of the Sooke School District.

Additionally, the province is providing $18.6 million to fund the purchase of a site that will serve as the premises of a future secondary school on McCallum Road in Langford.

Earlier this year, BC allocated $27.3 million to expand the Royal Bay Secondary School, which exceeded its capacity in just 4 years since its construction in 2015.