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exterior 1123 Mercer Street.JPG​​​​​​Update - February, 2019

Preliminary work to prepare the site for the construction of the new French Immersion school on Mercer Street will begin soon.  The permit has been issued for the work and the contractor will start within the next 4 weeks. 

Fortis Construction has been awarded the contract to perform environmental clean up, structural upgrade of the existing building as well as the deconstruction and reconstruction of the exterior of the existing building.

The former International Playing Card factory, a designated heritage building, will be preserved and included in the overall design of the new school. The new school  construction should begin in November, 2019 with an opening anticipated for the winter of 2020/21.

​​Background 

In November, 2015 the Greater Essex County District School Board received a grant from the Ministry of Education of $15.23 million to build a permanent home for the Giles Campus French Immersion Public School.

Giles Campus F.I.P.S. was created in 2011 at the former W.D. Lowe High School building to accommodate French Immersion students in the Northwest area of Windsor. This was a temporary solution to demand for French Immersion programming in the city until a business case was approved to build a new school within the catchment area.

In January 2017 the GECDSB purchased a piece of property at 1123 Mercer St. (pictured, above, left) and is working on a plan to build the new school to include the historic International Playing  Card Co. building.

The Heritage Alteration Permit was approved by the City of Windsor in December 2017. Site plan control review is ongoing with the city's Planning Department.