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Toronto Catholic District School Board

History and Rationale



The Orientation Centre for new Canadian students and Canadian students from outside Ontario is located at 700 Markham Street close to the major  intersections of Bathurst and Bloor in downtown Toronto.  The OC was established in 1988 in order to interview, test, evaluate and place newcomer and returning Canadian students to Ontario in the various Secondary Schools within the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). To date, over 26,000 students have been interviewed and placed. The primary mandate of the Orientation Centre is to place all candidates in the Catholic Secondary Schools of Metropolitan Toronto.
The Orientation Centre also provides credit classes for students in ESL and other subjects in October and March when some schools are no longer able to accommodate new students due to the lack of classroom space and course availability or lateness of registration.  As a result, students are retained within the TCDSB. At the end of each semester, all OC students are then transferred to their respective Catholic schools and the entire process then repeats itself for the following semester.