UGDSB working towards site plan approval for new schools in Fergus, Guelph

FERGUS – A new Centre Wellington Elementary School is slated to open in Fergus in September 2025.

The school will be located in north Fergus, at Kirvan Street and Elliot Avenue East in the Storybrook subdivision.

Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) senior facilities manager Dilip Parmar said the board is “working very well” with the municipality “on our site plan approval process.

“We’re getting closer to tendering the project and we’re targeting a spring construction date.”

UGDSB communications manager Heather Loney said the board expects the school to have 308 pupil spaces.

In January 2022, the provincial government approved the board’s proposal for the new school and then-Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece announced the province would provide $8.5 million in funding.

The board received approval to proceed, the next stage in the province’s review process, this September.

South Guelph secondary school

The UGDSB will also be constructing a new school in south Guelph.

The board is “working with the City of Guelph on first the zoning and now site plan approval,” Loney said.

And it is working towards getting approval to proceed from the Ministry of Education.

In 2018, the Ministry of Education approved the board’s request for a new high school in south Guelph, and then-MPP Liz Sandals announced the province would provide $25.5 million in funding.

There could be an increase to this funding amount – to be confirmed as part of the ministry’s approval to proceed.

The planned location for the school is Victoria Road and Arkell Road in Guelph.

It will have space for about 900 pupils and is expected to open in September 2026.

The boundary review process has not been completed yet, but other Guelph high school boundaries extend into Wellington County.

UGDSB students living in Puslinch currently attend Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute.