Enhancing Education in Rural and Northern Ontario

Ontario Ministry of Education

The government of Ontario is taking steps to strengthen the quality and delivery of education in rural and Northern communities, with the aim to provide students with the best possible start in life and build a foundation for their future success.

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Based on feedback heard during in-person rural education engagements and from on-line survey respondents this spring, Ontario's new plan will support rural and Northern students and communities through a series of steps, including:

  • Overhauling the process that school boards use to review schools for potential closure. While the process is under review, school boards will not begin any new reviews, with the exception of those reviews which would support joint-use projects between school boards or for student safety.
  • Providing a new Rural and Northern Education Fund for this September to further enhance students' learning experience in rural schools, with better programming such as French immersion, arts education and guidance counselling.
  • Providing increased funding for co-operation between school boards including planning and building ‎joint-use schools.
  • Continuing investments in broadband speed, special education supports and experiential learning opportunities for rural and Northern students.