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New Catholic Central High School

A Brief History

In November of 2016, then Ontario Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter confirmed that the WECDSB would receive approximately $26M in funding to build a new school to replace Catholic Central High School.

The Board’s original plan called for the school to be located at a five acre site in Windsor’s downtown core at the site of the former Windsor Arena. After careful consideration, the WECDSB sought approval to purchase an 11-acre piece of property between Ouellette and McDougall Avenues to expedite construction of the new facility. The Ministry of Education funded the new site purchase in June 2019. The new site is less than a kilometer south of the school’s present location on Tecumseh Road East.

Since the initial community consultation phase took place in 2019-20, a space template was created to merge the Board's vision with the community voiced recommendations. The Facility Space Template (FST) has been submitted and approved by the Ministry of Education for the project outline. 

On Jan. 28, 2020 the Board approved a recommendation to retain +VG Architects to design the new school. You can read a press release about that decision here. The new school will accommodate an enrollment of 900 students and be built with modern learning and teaching practices in mind.

On Jan. 29, 2021, the Ministry of Education gave its approval to proceed with tendering the project. The WECDSB has issued the project for tender to pre-qualified contractors and awaits pricing. You can read a news release about that here.

On March 16, 2021, the Board of Trustees passed a motion approving Oscar Construction Company Limited to build the new school. You can read a news release about that here.


Where We Are Now

Work on the project design has continued throughout the duration of the COVID 19 pandemic.

+VG Architects has developed a facility design consistent with the Ministry guidelines and which demonstrates their extensive experience in new school construction throughout Ontario. In addition, the board is currently working with the City of Windsor to formalize the site plan agreement for the facility.

Next Steps


Construction of the new school is planned to begin in March 2021.

The Board anticipates opening the new school for the 2022-23 school year.



Community Partnerships

In accordance with the Ministry of Education's preferred practice, the WECDSB is developing the plans to construct the new school with a consideration for community partnerships. Interested parties are asked to express their interest in co-building with the Board as soon as possible. The Board plans to evaluate any expressions of interest to select partners based on the provided information.

Click here for the Community Partnership Application


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