English Montreal School Board

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English Montreal School Board
Commission scolaire English-Montréal
EMSB Circle Logo.jpg
6000 Fielding Avenue
Montreal, Quebec

District information
Schools33 Elementary Schools
16 Secondary Schools
8 Outreach Schools
7 Social Affairs Schools
12 Adult and Vocational Centres[1]
Students and staff
Other information

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) (French: Commission scolaire English-Montréal - CSEM) is one five public school boards on the island of Montreal.

At 92.4 per cent, the English Montreal School Board has the highest success rate among public school boards in Quebec. This success rate is only slightly lower than the success rate for private schools .[3]

The EMSB is one of two English school boards on the island of Montreal. Its territory consists of the city of Montreal proper as well as the centre and eastern sectors of the island.[4] Anglophone public education in the western portion of Montreal Island is administered by the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

The Acting Director General of the EMSB is Evelyne Alfonsi,[5] She is the school board's chief administrative officer. Currently, the EMSB is under partial trusteeship. The Ministry of Education appointed former Liberal Member of Parliament, Marlene Jennings, as the trustee in November.[6]

Structurally, the EMSB has two Assistant Director Generals: Benoît Duhême and a vacant secondary position. The school board also has two directors, one which oversees the elementary schools and the other, high schools.[7]

EMSB Administration Building

The Administration Building of the EMSB is located at 6000 Fielding Avenue in 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. The province of 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 by both the House of Commons and the Senate, notwithstanding the unresolved constitutional debate between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

The EMSB officially began operations on July 1, 1998 after[8] 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.[9]

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]

Enrolment 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]

Since the EMSB's creation in 1998, the board has closed 21 schools, most recently 2 elementary schools and 1 high school in 2020. 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.[10]

The EMSB had the highest voter turnout among all school boards in Quebec, with 18%.[11]

In 2019, the EMSB said it would not enforce Bill 21, the Government of Quebec's proposed ban of public servants wearing religious symbols, stating that the board has never received a complaint from a parent or student about a teacher's religious symbol.[12]

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 2007–2020
  • Joe Ortona 2020–

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 2018–2020

List of EMSB Schools[edit]

This school board oversees 33 elementary schools, 16 secondary schools, 8 outreach schools, 7 social affairs institutions and 12 adult and vocational centres, in which over 44,000 students are enrolled.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Bancroft
  • Carlyle
  • Cedarcrest
  • Coronation
  • Dalkeith
  • Dante
  • Dunrae Gardens
  • East Hill
  • Edinburgh Elementary School[13]
  • Edward Murphy
  • Elizabeth Ballantyne School
  • F.A.C.E. School
  • Gardenview
  • Gerald McShane
  • Hampstead[14]
  • Honoré Mercier
  • John Caboto[15]
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Merton
  • Michelangelo Academy
  • Nesbitt
  • Our Lady of Pompei
  • Parkdale
  • Pierre de Coubertin[16]
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau (formerly Francesca Cabrini)
  • Roslyn
  • Royal Vale
  • Sinclair Laird
  • St. Gabriel
  • St. Monica
  • Westmount Park School, North Campus
  • Westmount Park School, South Campus
  • Willingdon School, Junior Campus
  • Willingdon School, Senior Campus

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[23]
  • Program Mile End
  • Venture
  • Vezina
  • Mackay centre


  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". English Montreal School Board. 2010. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.emsb.qc.ca/emsb/about/school-board/about. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Feith, Jesse; September 20, Montreal Gazette Updated:; 2019 (2019-09-21). "EMSB has highest Quebec public school board success rate, new stats show | Montreal Gazette". Retrieved 2020-03-17.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Our Territory". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  5. ^ "Director General". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  6. ^ Authier, Philip; November 15, Montreal Gazette Updated:; 2019 (2019-11-16). "Interview: Marlene Jennings pledges to bring good governance back to the EMSB, says board can be saved | Montreal Gazette". Retrieved 2020-03-17.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Senior Management & Departments". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  8. ^ "About Our Board". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  9. ^ "EMSB Home." Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. April 22, 1999. Retrieved on March 22, 2011.
  10. ^ https://montrealgazette.com/life/High+profile+candidates+compete+EMSB+chairperson/10274846/story.html
  11. ^ "Registration deadline approaching for school board elections - CBC News". cbc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  12. ^ "School board vows to disregard Quebec bill restricting religious symbols". Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  13. ^ "Edinburgh". edinburghschool.org. Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  14. ^ "École primaire Hampstead Elementary School". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Académie John Caboto Academy". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  16. ^ "École Pierre de Coubertin School". www.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. ^ http://www.royalvale.emsb.qc.ca/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "Vincent Massey Collegiate". emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "Westmount High School". emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Perspectives II". Emsb.qc.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-01-02.

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