QUEEN’S PARK – Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka today spoke in support of the Town of Gravenhurst’s proposal to redevelop the lands of the former Muskoka Regional Centre to become a Maple Leaf School.
Maple Leaf Schools is a Chinese educational company that offers bilingual education in English and Chinese leading to a dual Chinese and Canadian high school diploma. There are currently 25,000 students studying at Maple Leaf Schools in 14 cities in China and they are planning to develop a flagship school in North America.
“For many years Gravenhurst has been seeking a partner to redevelop the old Muskoka Regional Centre,” Miller told the Legislature. “They have found a great partner in Maple Leaf Schools.”
Maple Leaf Schools are particularly interested in the site of the Muskoka Regional Centre because Gravenhurst is the home town of Dr. Norman Bethune, after whom they are planning to name the school.
“Having met with the Town of Gravenhurst and Maple Leaf Schools, I am impressed with their proposal,” said Miller. “This project would bring 200 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs to Gravenhurst and would fit well with the Town’s plans for this site. I fully support this proposal.”
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Member’s Statement – Maple Leaf Schools
I rise today to tell the members of this Legislature about an exciting opportunity for the town of Gravenhurst.
For many years, Gravenhurst has been seeking a partner to redevelop the old Muskoka regional centre. They have found a great partner in Maple Leaf Schools.
Maple Leaf Schools is a Chinese educational company that offers bilingual education in English and Mandarin, leading to a dual Chinese and Canadian high school diploma. Right now, they have 25,000 students attending school in 14 cities in China and they’re planning to develop a flagship school here in North America.
They are particularly interested in the Muskoka regional centre because Gravenhurst is the birthplace of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Canadian doctor who is so well-known and respected in China.
This project fits with the town’s official plan for this site and is supported by the town, by the residents, the cottagers and by the business community. It would create 200 construction jobs during development and then 200 permanent jobs. In a town of 12,000, that’s a lot of new jobs.
I know that the Minister of Infrastructure has met with the town of Gravenhurst and I want to thank him for taking that meeting and to reiterate just how important this project is to the town. I hope the Minister and Infrastructure Ontario will move quickly to make this school a reality.