$22M for the Mackay Centre and Philip E. Layton schools

WATCH: Quebec’s education minister announced $22 million for the Mackay Centre and Philip E. Layton school for the blind. Global’s Elysia Bryan-Baynes reports.

MONTREAL – There will be new life for the Mackay Centre and the Philip E. Layton School for the Blind.

The Education minister confirmed Wednesday that the English Montreal School Board will be given nearly $22 million to build a new school to house the two institutions.

Right now, both schools rent space from the MAB Mackay Rehabilitation Centre on Decarie, but the schools were told they’d have to move.

Joanne Charron Yannakis’ 17-year-old son Nico has spent most of his life at the Mackay Centre school. She says the announcement is welcome news and she’s grateful.

“It’s a relief, and I’m thankful to all the parents and staff who’ve had to live this for the past four years and did it standing tall, with a smile and making sure it didn’t effect the children in any way, shape or form.”

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The schools have been pushing for a new home since 2011.

They offer education in English to students with disabilities, including blind and deaf children and those with other physical disabilities and communication disorders from across the province.

The location for the new building has yet to be decided.