Ontario's Education Equity Action Plan is a new three-year strategy with the goal to reduce systemic barriers and ensure that all students in Ontario can reach their full potential.
The strategy includes:
- Introducing a renewed approach to Grade 9 in which all students are better able to explore pathways to work, college, apprenticeship, and university.
- Identifying and addressing disparities in suspension, expulsion, and exclusion rates amongst certain student populations./li>
- Enhancing other school and classroom practices to ensure that they reflect and respond to student and staff diversity, including more culturally relevant teaching resources, curriculum, and assessment.
- Enhancing diversity in hiring and promotion, and tying accountability for equity to the performance appraisals of principals, vice-principals and directors, to ensure that the diversity of teachers, staff and school system leaders reflects the diversity of students.
- Collecting and analyzing demographic data to more precisely address the systemic barriers to student success through data-informed decision-making.
- pplying an equity, inclusion and human rights perspective to internal organizational structures, policies, programs and practices.
The equity plan will address unintentional consequences of existing structures, policies, programs and practices that may disadvantage certain student populations, including racialized students, students experiencing poverty, Indigenous students, newcomers to Canada, students who identify as LGBTQ and Two-Spirited, children and youth in care, religious minorities, French language minorities, students with disabilities and students with special education needs.