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Equity & Inclusion

Equity & Inclusion


The mission of the Upper Canada District School Board is to prepare all students for a successful life. As outlined in the Board’s Character Always strategy, the UCDSB believes in the pursuit of learning while building a strong sense of caring and respect for all.

By adhering to our Character Always virtues, the UCDSB is committed to reducing achievement gaps and improving learning outcomes for all students, regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and other historical forms of marginalization.

The UCDSB recognizes that equity of opportunity and equity of access to the full range of programs, services, and resources, are critical to successful educational and social outcomes.

The UCDSB is committed to an equitable education system that upholds and reflects the principles of fair and inclusive education. The areas of focus for equity and inclusion in the UCDSB are:

  • Board policies, programs, guidelines and practices
  • Shared and committed leadership
  • School-community relationships
  • Inclusive curriculum and assessment practices
  • Religious accommodation
  • School climate and the prevention of discrimination and harassment
  • Professional learning
  • Accountability and transparency

Refer to the 2018-2020 UCDSB Equity and Inclusion Plan for a full breakdown of the areas of focus.

The UCDSB upholds the principles of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Constitution Act, 1982 and confirmed in the Ontario Human Rights Code. The UCDSB and its staff are also committed to the elimination of all types of discrimination as outlined in Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy and the Ontario Ministry of Education Policy/Program Memorandum No. 119.

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