Our Children are at Risk

No parent should have to worry about their child's safety when they send them off to school in the morning. But that is the reality for thousands of families across Ontario.

With hate crimes nearly doubling across Canada since 2014, many communities are at a breaking point.

A Real Threat

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According to Barbara Perry, an expert on hate crimes and professor of criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canadians should be concerned about the rise of hate groups in this country.

  • 130+ active far-right and extremist groups across Canada — 30% increase from 2015.
  • 60% rise in Criminal incidents motivated by hate between 2014 and 2017.
  • 2,000+ incidents reported in 2017 — 38% of which were violent offences including assault, uttering threats and criminal harassment
  • Many independent schools are associated with the communities most targeted according to police and government statistics.

Education vs Security

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Door locks, buzzers, cameras and full time security guards: these are just some of the measures that at-risk educational institutions employ to keep children safe.

But the unfortunate reality is that independent schools with limited budgets are being forced to choose between safety and education.

No school should be forced to choose between providing quality education or keeping children safe.

Keeping Children Safe

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Only together can we ensure that schools are no longer forced to choose between allocating resources towards our children's safety or providing quality education.

This is why TeachON is advocating for the creation of an independent school security program.

A Secure Schools for All Children Act would:

  • Create an annual funding program for at-risk educational institutions.
  • Mirror the "Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program" (SIP), with important modifications.
  • Allow for program dollars to be used for security personnel, equipment and technology.
  • Fully fund approved items up to specified program limits and be 'non-matching,' allowing all institutions equal access.

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