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News: Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Ministry of Education Announces Accessible Playground Funding

Kids and families are set to benefit from more funding for accessible school playgrounds. More than 7,000 BC students will have access to new, safe and accessible playgrounds as the Province invests in the Playground Equipment Program (PEP) for the fifth year in a row to support healthy and active lifestyles.   

Mountain Elementary has been selected to receive funding for a new accessible playground within the Abbotsford School District. The playground will be designed, built and installed over the next year.  

"Taking a break from the classroom and getting time outside to play gives children the opportunity to explore through play-based learning," said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education and Child Care. "We know having space for kids to play safely is important for families and that's why our government is committed to supporting students with accessible new playgrounds for many years to come."  

Since 2018, the government has invested $30 million in the PEP to fund new playgrounds at 231 schools, benefiting more than 57,000 students and relieving parents of the pressure to fundraise for new playground equipment. This funding builds on the government's commitment to provide safe learning environments for all students in years to come, which has included the creation of outdoor classrooms in some districts.  

For full details, visit the BC Government website. 

ministry news Release More: The Playground Equipment Program 


Kayla Stuckart | Manager, Communications
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