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Planning and Facilities Department

The Planning and Facilities Department contributes to student and staff success and the quality of Catholic education in its stewardship of the Board’s facilities.

This department effectively provides enrollment projections, school planning strategies, new school site acquisitions, school boundary maps, new school design and construction, school renovations and additions, all aspects of facility maintenance, operations and renewal services as well as Community Use of Schools. Our dedicated team strives for excellence in the stewardship of resources and in all facets of the services provided to ensure a clean, safe and healthy environment for students, staff and school communities.


Capital priorities – building schools for our students

On May 26, 2016 the Ministry of Education requested Boards to provide business cases for proposed capital priorities (new schools and additions) that need to be open and operational for the 2019-2020 school year. As well, the Ministry introduced a new capital initiative for the creation of new child care spaces in schools, including internal renovations. In June 2016, the Board approved “Capital Plan Update-Recommended Priorities for 2019-2020.”

It has been an OCSB practice to produce a comprehensive multi-year Capital Plan every 5 years that provides school-by-school enrollment projections and analysis of all planning areas within the Board. The last comprehensive report, Capital Plan October 2013, was completed as part of the October 2013 prioritization process. The objective of the Capital Plan is to maintain throughout the Board’s jurisdiction sufficient schools in appropriate locations to serve the current and future educational facility requirements of our student population.

Contact Us

Planning and Facilities Department
Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2322
Fax: 613-224-2353

A new OCSB community school for Kanata North

The new St. Isabel Catholic Elementary School is scheduled to open in September 2018 in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North, at 785 Goulbourn Forced Road, on the south side of Terry Fox Drive. The new school will welcome students from the existing St. Gabriel School and surrounding area. It will open as a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school and will include the same French immersion pathways available in all OCSB schools, along with before-and-after-school care and a pre-school childcare centre. It will serve as a welcome addition for new families moving into this expanding community.

Energy conservation and management in our facilities

We have a highly successful Energy Management Plan in place, helping us reduce energy use and save money. In fact, we were named the top performing school board in Ontario for three consecutive years! Our efforts to reduce energy use have saved $31,548,388 in avoided costs to date.

Keeping our schools safe and clean

The Maintenance and Operations division of the Planning and Facilities Department provides a full complement of quality maintenance, operational and custodial functions. Over 92 facilities totaling over 5.5 million square feet of educational space are served. That’s over 550 acres of space!

Green Certified cleaning products are used in our schools and Board facilities, changing our school culture and reducing our carbon footprint. These products that work to sanitize students’ desks and clean hallway floors are developed using renewable resources that are non-toxic and biodegradable. They also have very low fragrance levels and are extremely mild to the skin. The OCSB introduced the cost-effective products to help promote a healthy work environment for staff and students, and address the many individual and systemic concerns related to chemical use in society.

Read more about Asbestos Containing Materials in School Board Buildings.

Education development charges (EDC) By-Law

The Education Act empowers a school board to enact a by-law implementing education development charges (EDC) on residential and commercial development in its jurisdiction where such development would result in an increase in education land costs. The money collected is used to purchase and provide municipal services to future school sites to accommodate students generated from new development who cannot be accommodated in existing facilities.

The City of Ottawa collects EDCs, on behalf of the Board, at building permit stage on new residential and non-residential development to fund the purchase of land required for growth-related new school sites. The OCSB passed the successor EDC By-law on March 25, 2014. The successor EDC By-law came into effect on April 1, 2014. The new rates approved by the Board are as follows:

Residential Development (/dwelling unit): $466
Non-Residential Development (per square foot of GFA): $0.34


St. Patrick’s High School School Addition

The OCSB has received $7.5 million in approved funding from the government of Ontario to help meet the needs of local students and accommodate changes to enrollment levels now and in the future. The new addition to St. Patrick’s High School will accommodate over 250 students in grades 7 & 8 and support the closure & consolidation of students from St. Patrick’s Intermediate School.

Community Planning and Facility Partnerships

Our Community Planning and Facility Partnership policy guides our efforts to share our school facilities with outside community partners. This benefits students and the community, as well as optimizes the use of public assets owned by the OCSB. The Ministry of Education released guidelines to assist school boards in establishing facility partnerships in new and existing school facilities.

Bidding on OCSB Construction and Renovation Projects

The Government of Ontario’s “Broader Public Sector” (BPS) Procurement Directive (2011) applies to our construction and tendering practices. For projects over $100,000 in value, firms must be pre-qualified in order to bid. The current list of pre-qualified contractors, under nine broad construction sectors, are as follows:

The Board’s Procurement Procedures Manual and policy can be found in the Purchasing Department’s section.