Ministry of Education (Ontario)

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Ministry of Education
Ministère de l'Éducation  (French)
Ministry overview
Formed 1999
Preceding Ministry
  • Ministry of Education and Training
Jurisdiction Government of Ontario
Headquarters 14th Floor, Mowat Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
43°39′48.11″N 79°23′15.5″W / 43.6633639°N 79.387639°W / 43.6633639; -79.387639Coordinates: 43°39′48.11″N 79°23′15.5″W / 43.6633639°N 79.387639°W / 43.6633639; -79.387639
Employees 1,700+[1]
Annual budget $24,742,056,114 (2012-13 fiscal year)[2]
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Education (EDU) is the Government of Ontario ministry responsible for government policy, funding, curriculum planning and direction in all levels of public education, including elementary and secondary schools.

This Ministry is responsible for curriculum and guidelines for all officially recognized elementary and secondary schools in the province and some outside the province. The ministry is also responsible for public and separate school boards across Ontario, but are not involved in the day-to-day operations.

Notable ministers of education in the past have included Bill Davis, Dr. Bette Stephenson, Sean Conway, Liz Sandals and Kathleen Wynne. The current Minister of Education is Lisa Thompson.

Approach to discipline[edit]

Ontario public schools use progressive discipline. Discipline is corrective and supportive rather than punitive, with a focus on prevention and early intervention. It is a whole-school, systemic approach, engaging students, families and the larger community, as well as classes, schools and boards. Schools are to recognize and respect the diversity of parent communities, and partner with them accordingly. Students are surveyed at least every two years about their experience of the school climate.[3][4]

"For students with special education needs, interventions, supports, and consequences must be consistent with the student’s strengths and needs".[5]

While the school principal is responsible for discipline, all board employees who come into contact with students are responsible for stepping in if inappropriate behaviour occurs. The principal may also delegate powers and duties related to discipline.[6]


Hall-Dennis Report, 1968[edit]

The Hall-Dennis Report, officially titled Living and Learning, called for broad reforms to Ontario education, to empower teachers and the larger community, and put students' needs and dignity at the centre of education.[7]

Fullan Report, 2013[edit]

The Fullan Report, officially titled Great to Excellent, calls for a focus on the 6 C's: Character, Citizenship, Communication, Critical thinking and problem solving, Collaboration and teamwork, and Creativity and imagination. The report also calls for innovation in how these areas are learned.[8]

Ministers of Education for Ontario[edit]

From 1993 to 1999 the Ministry was also responsible for Training, Colleges and Universities when the Ministries of Colleges and Universities and Skills Development were merged.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Policy/Program Memorandum No. 145" (PDF). Ministry of Education. Ministry of Education. Dec 5, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Safe Schools: Progressive Discipline - An explanation of the policy on the Ministry website
  5. ^ Safe Schools: Progressive Discipline, p3
  6. ^ Safe Schools: Progressive Discipline, p7, p15
  7. ^ Hall-Dennis Report
  8. ^ Ministry of Education (PDF). Ministry of Education. Jan 2013 Retrieved May 11, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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