Planning & Development >> Greater Fort Erie Secondary School

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For drawings shown at the Jan 20, 2015 Public presentation please use the links below. Note that these are not final drawings.


Site Plan

Civil Plans

Landscape Plans
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Second Floor (201 KB PDF): Click Here
3d Rendering (308 KB PDF): Click Here
South-West-East (853 KB PDF): Click Here
Various Perspectives: (1.5 MB PDF): Click Here



The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) has announced the construction of a new Greater Fort Erie Secondary School that will result in the merging of the present Ridgeway-Crystal Beach High School and Fort Erie Secondary School. The decision to build a new high school was the result of an Accommodation Review (ARC) of the community's high schools. The Ministry of Education has announced a $20.6 million funding grant in support of the new school build, which will be the first new school by DSBN in the Region in over 40 years.

The new school will be located at 1640 Garrison Road (present Fort Erie Golf Course lands). The school will front onto Garrison Road across from the Town Hall. The Golf Course will be slightly altered so it may continue its operation.

Initial planning documents show the total size of the school to be approximately 8,825 m2 (95,000 ft. 2)).

Amendments to the Regional Plan, Town of Fort Erie Official Plan and Zoning By-law are running in parallel to minimize the planning process. A Public Meeting for the planning applications is tentatively targeted to come before Council in March 2015 with a recommendation report following in May 2015. This expedited process will allow the school board to start construction in August 2015 with a targeted opening date of September 2017.

In a letter under date of December 17, 2014, DSBN has requested that the Town consider providing funds and/or fundraising for a shared library and theatre. Report No. CDS-10-2015 can be accessed here. Staff have also reviewed various types of Federal and Provincial funding and have reported same to Council. A copy of the memorandum outlining present funding opportunities can be accessed here.

It is Council's intention that the Town's share for contributing to the library and theatre, of approximately $3.6 million, be provided to the DSBN through the efforts of fundraising and not through the tax base.

On January 15, 2015 DSBN announced that Fred Louws will be the new school's first Principal.

Next Steps:


  • January 20, 2015: A public open house has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, 2015. This open house will provide an opportunity to receive comments on the new school and the request from the DSBN.
  • March 2015: Targeted planning report before Council related to amendments to the Regional Plan, Town's Official Plan and Zoning By-law.
  • May 2015: Targeted recommendation report before Council.
  • August 2015: Targeted construction start date.
  • September 2017: Anticipated opening date.