Burlington Southeast QEW Pupil Accommodation Review 

Parking Lot Questions from Community Consultation Meeting​​

An Overview - Pupil Accommodation Review for Southeast Burlington

Community Consultation Meeting​


Parents and members of the community interested in sharing their opinions and providing feedback were welcome to attend the Community Consultation Meeting, which took place on:

FAQ Sheet​ - What does this mean for our school community?



2016 MPAR Communication Plan.pdf2016 MPAR Communication Plan
MPAR Interim Presentation to Trustees - March 22.pdfMPAR Interim Presentation to Trustees - March 22
4.2 Interim Staff Report Burlington Southeast.pdf4.2 Interim Staff Report Burlington Southeast
Parking Lot Questions - Burlington Southeast Community Consultation Meeting.pdfParking Lot Questions - Burlington Southeast Community Consultation Meeting
Modified Pupil Accommodation Review Proposals Presentation - January 19, 2016.pdfModified Pupil Accommodation Review Proposals Presentation - January 19, 2016
FAQ Sheet - Modified Accommodation Reviews - January 20, 2016.pdfFAQ Sheet - Modified Accommodation Reviews - January 20, 2016
I-09 School Accommodation Review – Consolidation and Closure.pdfI-09 School Accommodation Review – Consolidation and Closure
VI-35 School Accommodation Review - Consolidation - Closure.pdfVI-35 School Accommodation Review - Consolidation - Closure
I-37 Community Planning and Facility Partnerships.pdfI-37 Community Planning and Facility Partnerships
Burlington Southeast QEW MPAR Report.pdfBurlington Southeast QEW MPAR Report


At the April 19th Regular Board Meeting, Trustees made a final decision regarding the Pupil Accommodation Review (School Consolidation) for Southeast Burlington.

The following motion was adopted:

That the Halton Catholic District School Board not approve the Burlington Southeast Modified Pupil Accommodation Review.

This decision means that no school consolidation plan will be implemented at this time, and the school communities of Ascension Catholic Elementary School, St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School and St. Raphael Catholic Elementary School will remain status quo.

Thank you to all parents who took the time to share their thoughts and concerns at each step of this review.


​On January 19, 2016, the Board approved the initiation of the Burlington Southeast QEW Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR).

The following are the affected schools:

As outlined in Section 2 of Operating Policy I-09: School Accommodation Reviews – Consolidation/Closures, a modified pupil accommodation review process may be initiated by the Board of Trustees where two (2) or more of the listed criteria have been met.

The Burlington Southeast QEW Accommodation Review Area is eligible for the Accommodation Review Process as it meets the following two (2) criteria: 

  1. A) Distance to the nearest available accommodation is within 5 kilometers.
  2. E) There are no more than three (3) schools subject to the pupil accommodation review process.
The distance between the three (3) schools is summarized in the table below.
Modified Accommodation Review Criteria 
School​ Ascension CES​ St. Patrick CES​ ​St. Raphael CES
Ascension CES​ ​-​​ ​1.4 km 2.5 km​
​St. Patrick CES ​1.4 km ​- ​3.9 km
St. Raphael CES​ ​​2.5 km 3.9 km​ ​​​​​-

Further to meeting at least two (2) criteria, staff believes a modified process is warranted for the Burlington Southeast QEW as the proposed solution would have minimal impacts on the school’s student community, whereby predominant impact will be limited to a relocation of their existing school to a potentially more distant location.

Option Summary

 Staff recommends that the following actions be taken within the Burlington Southeast QEW accommodation review area:

  • Demolish the existing Ascension CES, and construct a 648 pupil place elementary facility on the existing site for the 2017-2018 school year, using a 21st Century Learning model as adopted in the Board’s most recent school project;
  • Outreach to approved community partners of the Board for potential co-build projects, such as a new child-care facility or other community facility operations;
  • Close both St. Patrick CES and St. Raphael CES existing facilities, and re-direct the entire student populations to the newly constructed Ascension CES – all attendance boundaries consolidated into one;
  • Re-direct all existing Board programs offered at the three (3) affected schools to the new Ascension CES facility;
  • Re-locate the existing Burlington Thomas Merton Adult Learning Centre (currently leased commercial space) into the existing St. Raphael CES facility; and
  • Dispose of the St. Patrick CES school facility through the Ontario Regulation 444/968 disposition process, whereby proceeds of the sale be directed to the Board’s Proceeds of Disposition (POD) reserve for future renewal projects.

Based on the Option Development Criteria, as outlined in Section 2.7, Table 1, of the Burlington Southeast QEW Modified Pupil Accommodation Review Report, staff believes that the proposed Ascension CES Rebuild meets the criteria in full. The table below provides a summary of the criteria.

Option Development Criteria Summary – Recommended Ascension CES Rebuild 

​Criteria Ascension CES Rebuild​​
​New Facility or Addition​ ​New Facility
​Facility Utilization Between
​Yes, facility utilization remains above 90% and below 125% over 10 year horizon
​500-671 FBC ​Yes, 648
​Portable Classroom Needs ​Yes, at peak 4 portables will be required, and will no longer be needed after 10 years
​Accessibility ​Yes, will meet current AODA guidelines and be fully accessible
​Transportation Time ​All students transported will not exceed 60 minutes on the bus
​Average Distance to School ​2.24 kilometers
​Site Size (approx. 5+ acres) ​Preferred size, 5.75 acres
​Adjacent Uses ​Residential; Public Secondary School; Community Centre

Proposed Attendance Boundary

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Key Milestone Dates

​Milestone ​Date
Board of Trustee Approval to initiate a Modified Pupil Accommodation Review​ Process (MPAR) ​January 19, 2016
​Written notice sent to municipalities, co-terminus school boards, and the Ministry of Education, advising of the Board decision to process with the MPAR ​Within 5 days of approval
Through a range of media, announce and advertise the decision​ ​Within 5 days of approval
Meet with affected Municipalities ​Prior to CCM
Host a Community Consultation Meeting to discuss the proposed option in an open public forum​ ​March 2, 2016 
Present to the Board of Trustees the Final Staff Report​ ​March 22, 2016
Provide notice and host public delegations at a regular meeting of the Board​ ​April 5, 2016
Board of Trustees receives Final Staff Report with Delegations, and make a final decision on the recommended option​​ ​April 19, 2016