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Ontario Committed To Equity in Schools

Equity Network Will Help Break Down Barriers, Share Best Practices

Ministry of Education

Ontario has selected the University of Ottawa to lead a provincewide bilingual network that will bring together established researchers and professionals from a range of fields to address equity in Ontario schools.

The University of Ottawa's network, known as Réseau de Savoir sur l'Équité/Equity Knowledge Network will facilitate collaboration and information sharing on equity issues.

Ontario is leading the way with this innovative brand of collaboration and knowledge sharing. The network is intended to bring together educators, school and system leaders, and community partners to work on identifying and removing all forms of discrimination and systemic barriers from schools and classrooms, and uphold diversity, equity, inclusion, and human rights.  

This network was established by the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER), an initiative between Ontario, the University of Toronto, and Western University. Other knowledge networks established by KNAER include the Mathematics Network and the Well-Being Network.

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.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing approximately $1 million to support the Réseau de Savoir sur l’Équité/Equity Knowledge Network.
  • Ensuring equity is one of Ontario’s four key goals for the early years and education system.
  • On September 7, 2017, the government released Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan, which is a three-year strategy to identify and remove systemic barriers, and ensure that all students in Ontario can reach their full potential.
  • Ontario is investing more than $7 million in 2017-18 to support the implementation of the Equity Action Plan.
  • The plan builds on the work the ministry and education partners have done since the introduction of the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy in 2009.

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“The Ontario government does not tolerate any form of racism or discrimination in the classroom or the school community. Schools need to be places where educators and students value diversity, respect each other, and see themselves reflected in their learning. I am thrilled that the Réseau de Savoir sur l’Équité/Equity Knowledge Network will be working with us to reach these important goals.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

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