Ontario Seeking Public Input on Strengthening Rural Education
Consultations Taking Place in Communities Across Ontario
Ontario is seeking input from parents, teachers and community leaders as part of a provincewide engagement on improving education in rural and remote communities.
People are invited to share ideas about how the province can provide students with quality education programming, and make the best use of school space and public resources. Ontario is committed to supporting new opportunities to enhance education in rural and remote communities, and recognizes the value that schools bring to students and their communities as a whole.
Ten engagement sessions will take place across the province, led by Parliamentary Assistants Granville Anderson, Grant Crack and Lou Rinaldi:
- Merrickville, Friday, May 5
- Lakefield, Friday, May 5
- Picton, Friday, May 12
- Amherstburg, Tuesday, May 23
- Honey Harbour, Tuesday, May 23
- Thedford, Wednesday, May 24
- Markstay, Wednesday, May 24
- Markdale, Thursday, May 25
- Wawa, Thursday, May 25
- Nipigon, Friday, May 26
People in Ontario can get involved by:
- Reading the discussion paper, Supporting Students and Communities: A Discussion Paper to Strengthen Education in Ontario's Rural and Remote Communities
- Completing an online survey
- Emailing feedback and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attending an in-person meeting.
Strengthening education in rural and remote communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Roughly 15 per cent of students in Ontario’s publicly funded education system are enrolled in rural school boards.
- Since 2013, annual funding for rural boards has increased by nearly $200 million or six per cent.
- Since 2003, the government has provided $1.1 billion for capital projects in rural Ontario, including almost 60 new schools, 250 additions and 140 major retrofits.
“We are committed to ensuring that all students have access to excellent education. We want to hear from municipalities, schools, communities and parents on the future of rural schools. This important feedback will help us enhance the quality and delivery of education in rural and remote communities in Ontario.”
“We look forward to having these important conversations across the province to explore new opportunities to strengthen our communities and our schools, so they are great places to live and to learn.”
“Our government recognizes that schools are at the heart of our communities. This dialogue will help us ensure that schools continue to serve students and families in the most effective ways possible.”
“By working together we can make sure that our students have the support their need to fulfill their potential while our communities continue to grow and thrive.”