Province won’t offer funding
The province has refused the Toronto school board’s plea to fund its pools, so plans are underway to close most of them by September.
To keep water in the pools — used for gym classes, swim lessons and team training — would require an additional $12 million in annual funding, said Toronto District School Board chair John Campbell.
The province won’t save the 78 pools because they’re a Toronto oddity and the funding formula can’t deal with that, the education minister said yesterday.
"As a citizen of Toronto I don’t want to see those pools closed, but, at the same time, I have to recognize as the minister that they are the responsibility of this community," Kathleen Wynne said. "There isn’t specific provincial money for the pools."
This is the second time in two weeks the province has refused to fund a request from the Toronto board. Last week, the premier said he wouldn’t fund the board’s planned Africentric school, but sources say the two are unrelated.
Last summer the board told the province that if, by Feb. 1, it didn’t commit to paying for the pools, the board would close them.