English Montreal School Board

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English Montreal School Board
Commission scolaire English-Montréal
Emsb logo.jpg
6000 Fielding Avenue, Montreal, Quebec

District information
Chair of the boardAngela Mancini
Director of educationAnn Marie Matheson
Schools35 elementary schools
16 secondary schools
8 outreach schools
7 social affairs institutions
10 adult and vocational centres[1]
Students and staff
Other information

English Montreal School Board (EMSB or in French, Commission scolaire English-Montréal - CSEM) is one of the 5 school boards in the island of Montreal. The EMSB is the largest anglophone school board of 9 in Quebec.

The EMSB is responsible for English-speaking public schools in the city of Montreal, which makes up the centre and eastern sectors of Montreal Island (the city of Montreal accounts for only 2/3 of the island of Montreal, the other 1/3 of the island of Montreal is mostly independent cities). Anglophone public education in the western portion of Montreal Island is administered by the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

Ann Marie Matheson is the current Director General of the school board and its chief administrative officer. She is assisted by Paola Miniaci and Angelo Marino, Deputy Directors General, several department heads, coordinators and two regional directors. The school board has divided its territory into two regions for administrative purposes. The regional directors are the immediate superiors of elementary and high school principals.

Angela Mancini is the current chair of the school board. She and ten commissioners representing different wards within the school board's territory are elected in accordance with the Act respecting school elections for a four-year term. Four commissioners representing the parents' committee also sit on the Council of Commissioners and are elected in accordance with the Education Act for a two-year term. The Council sets school board policy and gives the board its political direction. It usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

The main offices of the board are at 6000, Fielding Avenue in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. The building was formerly occupied by the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal (PSBGM).


The Government of Quebec reorganized the province's public school boards in the mid-1990s. School boards in Quebec had been organized along confessional lines, Catholic and Protestant, since before Canadian Confederation. In fact, Quebec was guaranteed a confessional public school system by the British North America Act, 1867, now known as the Constitution Act, 1867. The provincial government was therefore required to ask the federal government to amend the Canadian Constitution if it were to reorganize school boards along linguistic lines, English and French. The amendment was passed without much debate by both the House of Commons and the Senate, notwithstanding the unresolved constitutional debate between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

The new board began operations on July 1, 1998.[citation needed] The English sectors of the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal (PSBGM), the Montreal Catholic School Commission (CECM), the Commission scolaire Jérôme-Le Royer and the Commission scolaire Sainte-Croix were amalgamated to form the EMSB.[3]

The political infighting among the board's commissioners has received significant coverage in Montreal's English-language media, most notably the Montreal Gazette. This fighting, for the most part, had previously pitted Catholics vs. Protestants. That division has recently become much less significant, however. The harmonization of the previous boards' administrative policies as well as the debate over school closings due to declining enrollment have been especially inflammatory. In 2005, both the Montreal Gazette and the French-language tabloid Le Journal de Montréal printed a special series of articles denouncing alleged nepotism and graft in the province's public school boards. The Gazette's investigation focused almost exclusively on the hiring practices of the English Montreal School Board. A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling requiring provincial public bodies to hold open meetings will challenge its board of commissioners, which habitually meets behind closed doors.[citation needed]

In 2016 it was announced the EMSB was being investigated by UPAC, the Quebec anti-corruption squad, in regards to its International Student Programs. The allegations relate to several Asian recruitment companies that were paid millions of dollars by the EMSB to facilitate the enrollment of foreign students, who in turn paid high tuition fees to the EMSB. Some teachers complained the international students did not have the necessary language skills to participate in the classroom and as a result the overall quality of education was diminished. At least one teacher resigned over the issue. [4] [5] [6]

Enrollment in the English Montreal School Board's schools and centres continues to decline as it does in most anglophone public school boards in Quebec. This is a part of an ongoing decline which began with the enactment of the Charter of the French Language by the Québec government In 1977.[citation needed]

The EMSB recently announced its intention to create its own foundation. According to its website, the goal of a future EMSB foundation would be to "ensure funding for unique and creative projects by raising charitable funds from individuals, businesses, community service organizations, and other friends". A Montreal businessman had already made a first donation to the school board in the autumn of 2006. The board has also organized, for the past several years, an annual fundraising golf tournament.[7]

Since the EMSB's creation in 1998, the board has closed 18 schools, most recently 3 elementary schools in 2012.[8] The School Board's chairperson attributes the declining enrolment to Bill 101, families moving to cities with lower home taxes such as Laval, and the general decline in birth rates.[8]

The EMSB had the highest voter turnout among all school boards in Quebec, with 18%.[9]

In 2019 the EMSB said it would not enforce the Quebec Premier Francois Legault's bill to ban teachers and other civil servants from wearing religious symbols, stating that the board has never received a complaint from a parent or student about a teacher's religious symbol.[10]

English Montreal School Board Chairs[edit]

  • George Vathilakis (1997–1998) (Provisional Council)
  • George Vathilakis (1998–2001)
  • John Simms (2001–2003)
  • Dominic Spiridigliozzi (2003–2007)
  • Angela Mancini (2007- )

English Montreal School Board Vice-Chairs[edit]

  • Dominic Spiridigliozzi (1997–1998) (Provisional Council)
  • Dominic Spiridigliozzi (1998–2003)
  • Elizabeth Fokoefs (2003–2007)
  • Sylvia Lo Bianco (2007–2014)
  • Sylvia Lo Bianco (2014-2018)
  • Joe Ortona (2018- )

List of EMSB Schools[edit]

This school board oversees 35 elementary schools, 16 secondary schools, 8 outreach schools, 7 social affairs institutions and 10 adult and vocational centres, in which over 38,000 students are enrolled.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Bancroft
  • Carlyle
  • Cedarcrest
  • Coronation
  • Dalkeith
  • Dante
  • Dunrae Gardens
  • East Hill
  • Edinburgh Elementary School[11]
  • Edward Murphy
  • Elizabeth Ballantyne School
  • F.A.C.E. School
  • Frederick Banting (closed)[12]
  • Fraser Academy (formerly Holy Cross)
  • Gardenview
  • General Vanier
  • Gerald McShane
  • Hampstead[13]
  • Honoré Mercier
  • John Caboto[14]
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • McLearon (closed)
  • Merton
  • Meadowbrook
  • Michelangelo Academy
  • Nesbitt
  • Our Lady of Pompei
  • Parkdale
  • Pierre de Coubertin[15]
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau
  • Roslyn
  • Royal Vale
  • Sinclair Laird
  • St. Brendan[16]
  • St. Dorothy
  • St. Gabriel
  • St. John Bosco
  • St. Monica
  • St. Raphael
  • Westmount Park School
  • Willingdon

High schools[edit]

Adult Centres[edit]

  • Galileo Adult Education Centre
  • High School of Montreal Adult Education Centre
  • James Lyng Adult Education Centre
  • Marymount Adult Education Centre
  • St. Laurent Adult Education Centre
  • St. Pius X Adult Education Centre
  • John F. Kennedy Adult Education Centre

Vocational Centres[edit]

  • John F. Kennedy Business Centre
  • Laurier Macdonald Vocational Centre
  • Shadd Business Centre
  • Rosemount Technology Centre - Main Campus
  • Rosemount Technology Centre - Curtis George Campus
  • St. Pius X Culinary Institute

Outreach schools[edit]

  • Doorways
  • Focus
  • Mountainview
  • Options I
  • Options II
  • Outreach
  • Perspectives I
  • Perspectives II[22]
  • Program Mile End
  • Venture
  • Vezina


  1. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions". English Montreal School Board. 2010. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. ^ "History of EMSB". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ "EMSB Home." Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. April 22, 1999. Retrieved on March 22, 2011.
  4. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/emsb-south-korea-recruiter-upac-investigation-audit-1.3908348
  5. ^ https://globalnews.ca/news/3400698/exclusive-former-teacher-worried-about-quality-of-education-at-emsb-lbpsb/
  6. ^ https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/recruiter-earning-millions-from-quebec-school-boards-to-bring-in-chinese-students
  7. ^ "fundraising golf tournament". emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b https://montrealgazette.com/life/High+profile+candidates+compete+EMSB+chairperson/10274846/story.html
  9. ^ "Registration deadline approaching for school board elections - CBC News". cbc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  10. ^ "School board vows to disregard Quebec bill restricting religious symbols". Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  11. ^ "Edinburgh". edinburghschool.org. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Banting". emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  13. ^ "École primaire Hampstead Elementary School". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Académie John Caboto Academy". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  15. ^ "École Pierre de Coubertin School". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  16. ^ "St. Brendan". emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Lester B. Pearson High School". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Marymount Academy Index". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  19. ^ "École Secondaire Rosemount High School". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Vincent Massey Collegiate". emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Westmount High School". emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Perspectives II". Emsb.qc.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-01-02.

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