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TCDSB Equity and Inclusive Education


Ontario Equity Education Plan

“The equity plan will address unintentional consequences of existing structures, policies, programs and practices that may disadvantage certain student populations, including racialized students, students experiencing poverty, Indigenous students, newcomers to Canada, students who identify as LGBTQ and Two-Spirited, children and youth in care, religious minorities, French language minorities, students with disabilities and students with special education needs.
Supporting equity for all students, educators and staff is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.”

The Honorable, Mitzie Hunter, Former Minister of Education

“Ontario’s Education Plan Equity Plan creates a path to identify and eliminate discriminatory practices, systemic barriers and bias from schools and classrooms.  The plan will allow the ministry to better support the achievement and well-being if all students.  Some key actions include: ensuring culturally responsive curriculum and teaching practices, identifying ways to encourage diverse communities to participate on Parent Involvement Committees (PICs) and school councils, and promoting the teaching professional and removing barriers from under-represented groups.”

TCDSB Catholic Equity and Inclusive Education Policy H.M. 24

‘We proclaim that every individual young or old is to be treated with reverence and that we are to see the face of Christ in every person.’ Statement from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, January 14, 2011.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board (the “Board”) recognizes that all people are deserving of dignity and are created equal in the image of God, each with inimitable characteristics (Genesis: 1:27).  In accordance with the Catholic Faith and the Church’s moral teachings as found in the Catechism and other teachings of the Magisterium, the Board provides an educational environment which supports and embraces diversity within its Catholic community, demonstrates respect for all, and values each as child of God. 
The Board recognizes that social or cultural discrimination is incompatible with Catholic moral principles.  The Board recognizes that the mandate of Catholic Education is to instruct students on how to live as followers of Jesus Christ and gives pre-eminence to the tenets of the Catholic faith. The Board further recognizes that we must uphold the protections entrenched in the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”), the Constitution Act, 1867 and confirmed in the Constitution Act of 1982 –the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  
As a Catholic school system, the Board and its staff are committed to the elimination of discrimination as outlined in Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy and the Ontario Ministry of Education Policy/Program Memorandum No. 119 (2009) in a manner which is consistent with the exercise of the Board’s denominational rights under section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1867 and as recognized in section 19 of the Ontario Human Rights Code. 
Where there is an apparent conflict between denominational rights and other rights the board will favour the protection of the denominational rights.