Strengthening Math Skills in Ontario

Published on July 18, 2019

Ontario’s Government is launching a major effort to strengthen math skills for all students in the province.

“I am proud that our government is investing in supports for two of our local school boards. Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board will be receiving $632,000 and Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board will receive $327,000, to help students build the math knowledge and skills they need to succeed now, and in the future,” said David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland - Peterborough South

These local supports are part of a four-year math strategy, that is focused on fundamental math concepts and skills, and how to apply them. In 2019-2020, Ontario will be supporting the strategy with a $55-million investment. The math strategy will ensure that students are prepared for success in the classroom and in their future, teachers are confident and capable in teaching math, and parents and families are confident and equipped to support their kids.

"We are listening to parents and educators. Ontario students need greater support to strengthen their math skills to achieve success in school and into their careers. This investment provides our young people with access to the skills they need to enter the workforce with confidence, and further underscores our government's focus on STEM in the classroom," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.

In addition to funding for Northumberland - Peterborough South Region school boards, the government is committed to helping improve math scores by investing more than $6 million for summer initiatives throughout the province.

The Government has also launched a virtual resource, which will act as a summer learning refresher for students and parents. The online resource, called Math at Home, will help support student learning, mitigate against summer learning loss and ensure parents are aware of opportunities to help prepare their child for success in math.

Ontario’s four-year math strategy is an important step towards ensuring Ontario’s publicly funded education system sets our students up for success today and tomorrow.