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Giving Students A Stronger Voice

McGuinty Government Gives 60 Students The Chance To Advise The Minister

Ministry of Education

Sixty students from across the province had their first opportunity to provide advice to the Minister of Education on a variety of topics regarding the publicly funded education system.

Known as the Minister's Student Advisory Council, the council had their first meeting today. They will continue to meet several times a year to provide their advice and ideas to the minister.

This advisory council is one part of Student Voice, the government's Student Engagement Strategy.  Other components include:

§         Student-led SpeakUp projects developed to help students get more engaged in learning and their school community.

§         Regional forums that provide an opportunity for students to give the ministry feedback on a variety of education topics.

§         Stronger student councils that work more actively with their faculty advisors on school initiatives to improve student engagement and become more inclusive.

Empowering students is a key component of the government's strategy to engage students in their learning; leading to increased student achievement and more students graduating.  

Quick Facts

  • The 60 students on the advisory council are in grades 7 to 12, and come from all parts of the education system (English/French, Public/Catholic) and regions of the province.
  • Almost 1,000 students across Ontario applied to be part of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council.

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“The evidence shows that the more involved students are, the more they achieve. I value the student voice and encourage all students to speak up.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Education

“I am honoured to be part of this landmark opportunity. I want to help encourage all students to share their vision and voice.”

Chantel King-Gilliard

member of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council



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