Today, Ontario is announcing next steps to strengthen supports for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, blind or have low vision, deafblind, or have severe learning disabilities.

Based on consultations held in spring 2016 with students, families and education and community partners about how Ontario’s provincial and demonstration schools can best support students’ needs, over the coming year the province will:

  • Keep all provincial and demonstration schools open
  • Pilot intensive reading intervention projects in school boards to increase the availability and responsiveness of supports for students with severe learning disabilities in their local communities
  • Establish a reference group to provide guidance and input on strengthening supports for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Pursue legislative changes to transfer the governance structure of Centre Jules-Léger to the 12 French-language school boards to better support French-language students.

“These changes support the province’s commitment to ensure the success and well-being of every student no matter where they live”, Education Minister  Mitzie Hunter said.  Former Education Minister Liz Sandals announced the consultation process in March.    The five schools affected are located in London, Milton, Bellville and Ottawa.