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We All Belong Student Survey
Student Census

Thank you to those students and families who participated in completing the We All Belong Student Survey! The survey is now closed. Your participation in the survey ensures that the voices of our students are included as the board plans meaningful next steps to make our schools better for all students. In order to turn the collected data into useful knowledge for improvement, the next phase will focus on data management and processing, data analysis, and reporting the survey results.

Thank you for your support!


In response to the Ontario Education Equity Action Plan, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is embarking on an identity-based initiative to better understand our students, their needs and ensure they feel safe and accepted within our school system.

The first step in this multi-year project is the UCDSB We All Belong Student Survey. 

Survey Objective

Data collected from the UCDSB We All Belong Student Survey will help the UCDSB find gaps in our school system and see where our biases exist. Understanding the demographic makeup of our student population and their school experience, and how they are being served, will help us to reduce achievement gaps and improve learning outcomes for all students, regardless of class, gender, ethnicity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. The initiative supports equity and student achievement through evidence-informed decision-making in the following areas:

ü  closing achievement and opportunity gaps

ü  to improve learning outcomes for all students

ü  making evidence-informed decisions

ü  establishing effective programs

ü  addressing any barriers to student achievement and success

ü  identifying and addressing any systemic discrimination

ü  allocating resources according to student needs to create conditions for student success

This initiative is part of a broader provincial program, regulated by the Anti-Racism Act, where school boards across the province are completing a student survey to better understand the students they serve & their communities. Many school boards in Ontario have completed their student survey. 

The UCDSB collected survey data in schools from November 14, 2022 to January 23, 2023 whereby all elementary and secondary students had the opportunity to voluntarily participate and complete the survey.

Our Grade 9-12 students had the opportunity to do the survey in class while our Kindergarten to Grade 8 students were asked to complete it at home with the help of a parent or guardian.

The survey is voluntary and confidential. However, a high survey completion will allow for more complete information about school communities and learning environments, and help us to provide better supports to students. A higher participation rate will provide valuable, evidence-based data to assist in planning for future policies, programs and resources.

Survey data will only be accessed by authorized UCDSB staff for the purposes of analyzing and reporting findings. All data will be collected and stored in a secure manner in accordance with our Privacy Impact Assessment, applicable privacy legislation and guidelines, and best practices.

Once data collection is complete, survey data will be analyzed and the UCDSB will report findings to students, staff and the community. At no time will students be identified in these reports. Reports will consist of key demographic and perceptual data which will inform our work and practice & allow us to:

alt="Info">PDFs of the complete survey questions:

2022 We All Belong Student Survey- K to Grade 8

2022 We All Belong Student Survey- Grades 9 to 12

2022 Intermediate Student Voice Survey- Grades 7 to 8

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Dr.Kathleen Moss, Research Officer
Upper Canada District School Board
[email protected]
613-342-0371 ext.1295

Dan McRae, Principal of Equity and Inclusion

Upper Canada District School Board

[email protected]

613-342-0371 ext.1261

The UCDSB is committed to the highest levels of privacy and confidentiality when collecting information about students and families. Student survey data is collected under the authority of the Anti-Racism Act 2017, and the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, Sections 169.1, 170 (1) and 171 (1) and complies with Ontario’s Data Standards for the Identification and Monitoring of Systemic Racism and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This collection of information will help to identify gaps in our school system and see where biases exist so they can be addressed through improved programming. If you have any questions regarding the collection of this information, please contact your school Principal or our Information and Records Management Specialist, (613) 342-0371, ext 1396.

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