Halton Catholic District School Board

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Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB)
802 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON, L7R 2Y2, Canada
Milton, Ontario
Oakville, Ontario
Burlington, Ontario
Georgetown, Ontario

District information
Chair of the board Diane Rabenda
Director of education Paula Dawson
Schools 46 Elementary
9 Secondary
3 Adult Learning Centres
Budget CA$375.8 million (September - August, 2016-2017)
Other information
Website www.hcdsb.org

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) serves over 33,000 students at its 46 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools and 3 continuing education facilities. The HCDSB serves the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville, with the main Board office (Catholic Education Centre) located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

The Halton Catholic District School Board is the Catholic school board for the Halton region.


The Halton Catholic District School Board traces its roots back to 1856 when the founder Robin Smith and Father Morgan Rex-Ryan founded St. Mary’s School – the first Catholic elementary school in Oakville to establish education programs for Catholic children in the town of Oakville. A separate school zone was formally established in 1856, in which the Oakville Separate School Board was constituted. Under provincial legislation,[1] separate school zones were later formed in Burlington, Georgetown and Milton.

As part of a province-wide restructuring of school boards initiated by then Minister of Education Bill Davis,[2] Halton's separate school boards were merged to form the Halton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board, which came into effect on January 1, 1969. As a result of the formation of the Regional Municipality of Halton in 1974, it became the "Halton Roman Catholic Separate School Board", and its jurisdiction was extended to the entire Region.[3]

In the years following amalgamation, the Board witnessed, not only the physical growth of its English language schools, but also the development of French language schools, and the eventual establishment of a French Language Section of the Board to govern the three French-language schools in 1986.[4]

In the late 1970s, the school board ventured into the area of secondary education, and, assisted by the legislative provision for full funding to Ontario's Catholic secondary schools in 1986,[5] established five secondary schools, later adding four more:

Initially Later schools
  • Assumption Secondary (1977)
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary (1982)
  • Bishop P. F. Reding Secondary (1986)
  • Notre Dame Secondary (1989)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary (1990)
  • Christ the King Secondary (2002)
  • Holy Trinity Secondary (2002)
  • Corpus Christi Secondary (2008)
  • Jean Vanier (2013)

Amalgamation also opened the school system to special needs students, and as a result the Special Education Department was created. This occurred in advance of provincial legislation passed in 1980 on the matter.[6]

In 1986, the new department of Continuing Education Services was created, which first operated out of a portable classroom at the Board's Drury Lane Catholic Education Centre.

Over the same years, the Board dealt with unprecedented growth—particularly in the southern half of Halton Region—culminating in increased demands on the education system and numerous changes in the education field itself.

As part of the province-wide restructuring of Ontario's school boards as a consequence of the passage of the Fewer School Boards Act, 1997,[7] the Board's schools were transferred to the following new bodies:[8]

  • the English-language Separate District School Board No. 46 (which was merged with the former Board at the beginning of 1998), and
  • the French-language Separate District School Board No. 64 (which later became the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud).

The English-language Separate District School Board No. 46 was renamed as the "Halton Catholic District School Board" in 1999.[9]

About the Board[edit]

The Halton Catholic District School Board provides educational services to over 33,000 students of all ages, in 46 elementary schools, 9 high schools, and three continuing education facilities.[10]


Continuing Education[edit]

  • Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education (Burlington)
  • Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education (Milton)
  • Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education (Oakville)

Source: [11]

Families of Schools[edit]

City Secondary School Associate Elementary Schools
Burlington Assumption CSS
  • Ascension Catholic Elementary School
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School
  • St. John Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Paul Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Raphael Catholic Elementary School
Corpus Christi CSS
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Anne Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Christopher Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Elementary School
Notre Dame CSS
  • Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Mark Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Timothy Catholic Elementary School
Oakville Holy Trinity CSS
  • Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School
  • St. John Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Marguerite D'Youville Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Michael Catholic Elementary School
St. Ignatius of Loyola CSS
  • St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Gregory the Great Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary School
  • St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School
St. Thomas Aquinas CSS
  • Holy Family Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School
  • St. James Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Luke Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Mary Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Vincent Catholic Elementary School
Milton Bishop P.F. Reding CSS
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School
  • Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Peter Catholic Elementary School
Jean Vanier CSS
  • Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School
  • Lumen Christi Catholic Elementary School
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School
  • Queen of Heaven Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Benedict Catholic Elementary School
Halton Hills Christ the King CSS
  • Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Brigid Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Joseph (Acton) Catholic Elementary School

Source: [12]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Originally at An Act for the better establishment and maintenance of Common Schools in Upper Canada, S.Prov.C. 1850, c. 48, s. 19 , later replaced by The Separate Schools Act, 1886, S.O. 1886, c. 46
  2. ^ The Separate Schools Amendment Act, 1968, S.O. 1968, c. 125, s. 6
  3. ^ "Regional government bill extends Separate School Bd. jurisdiction". The Acton Free Press. October 31, 1973. p. 1. , discussing impact of The Regional Municipality of Halton Act, 1973, S.O. 1973, c. 70, s. 84(1)
  4. ^ after the passage of the Education Amendment Act, 1986 (No. 2), S.O. 1986, c. 29
  5. ^ Education Amendment Act, 1986, S.O. 1986, c. 21
  6. ^ Education Amendment Act, 1980, S.O. 1980, c. 61
  7. ^ Fewer School Boards Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 3
  8. ^ Transition from Old Boards to District School Boards, O. Reg. 460/97
  9. ^ Establishment, Areas of Jurisdiction, and Names of District School Boards, O. Reg. 185/97
  10. ^ "About Our Board". www.hcdsb.org. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  11. ^ "School Listing". www.hcdsb.org. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  12. ^ "School Listing". www.hcdsb.org. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 

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