Every child deserves the best opportunity to build a foundation for future success. But according to the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO) 2018 report on mathematics education in Ontario, fewer than 1 out of 5 children with special education needs was able to meet the grade 6 provincial standard, a number that has steadily been decreasing since 2013.

A Burden on Parents

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Parents who exercise their right to choose a non-profit independent school which offers the best educational model for their children are forcibly saddled with undue financial burdens and see little to no educational services from the full property and other taxes that they pay.

Children enrolled in a public school may receive support for their special education or mental health related needs from both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), where as those enrolled in an independent school only receive support from the MOHLTC if they have one (or more) of a specific number of conditions on the ministry's list.

Supporting Children's Needs

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Children in non-profit independent schools receive no funding for students with learning disabilities: specific language disabilities, hard of hearing, low vision, in addition to many other non or less visible disabilities that may also include mental health. They They do however receive funding for dietetics, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

This arbitrary division between “health” and “education” leaves many children excluded and without the resources that they need. The government should not discriminate between disabilities; children should be supported according to their need, not according to where they go to school.

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