“Our children must be safe in the classroom.”

That’s from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who announced his government is providing up to $2-billion for provinces and territories as part of a new “Safe Return to Class Fund.”

Trudeau announced the funding Wednesday morning. He said it’s on top of the $19-billion Ottawa already promised to provinces and territories to help them cope with the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trudeau adds $112-million is also on the way to First Nations. “to ensure a safe return to school on reserves.”

He said his government, “respects that education is a provincial jurisdiction” and they have made the funding flexible so “provinces and ultimately schools can use it for what they need most.”