Ministry Support for Special Education

The Ministry of Education supports special education in Ontario schools in a number of ways.

  • The ministry provides funding to school boards specifically to support the delivery of special education programs and services.
  • The ministry publishes policy documents and resource documents to assist school board administrators, teachers, support professionals, students, and their parent(s)/guardian(s) in providing appropriate special education programs and services to students with special needs and to inform them of ministry policies in this area.
  • The ministry provides regional office staff with special education expertise to monitor and assist school boards in implementing special education policies.
  • The ministry provides Provincial and Demonstration Schools for students who are deaf, blind, and deaf-blind or who have severe learning disabilities.
  • The Ontario Special Education Tribunal provides final and binding decisions in the event of disagreements between parent(s)/guardian(s) and school boards concerning the identification or placement of exceptional pupils.