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Student Voice – Minister's Student Advisory Council

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What is the Minister's Student Advisory Council?

The Minister's Student Advisory Council is a group of approximately 60 students from all parts of the publicly funded education system and regions across the province.

These students share their ideas and provide advice to the minister on a variety of topics regarding Ontario's publicly-funded education system. MSAC is a place where all students have a voice and where they will be heard.

The first council made an important contribution to Student Voice by identifying Nine Student Voice Indicators. These indicators reflect the ideas of students from across Ontario about what helps strengthen student engagement in learning. Each subsequent council has made its own unique contributions.

Find out what each cohort of Minister's Student Advisory Council has contributed.

What is involved?

The council usually meets with the Minister of Education twice a year.

To be confirmed as an MSAC member you must commit to participate in two meetings in 2018 (expenses paid):

  • one full-day event in Toronto (Spring 2018); and,
  • a five-day retreat in Orillia (mid August 2018).

During their one-year term, council members may create sub-committees on topics of interest. Council members may also be invited to participate in optional events, meetings, and forums, but these are not mandatory.

Travel may be required to attend MSAC meetings. All accommodation, food and transportation costs are covered by the Ministry of Education for council members and, where applicable, parents/guardians or chaperones for students under the age of 18.

Who can apply?

If you are an Ontario student in grades 7 to 12 at a publicly funded school, you are eligible to be part of the council. Everyone is welcome and no special qualifications are required. The Minister is interested in hearing your ideas. If you have applied in previous years and are in grades 7-12, you are encouraged to reapply. Also, if you are or have been an MSAC member, you are still eligible to apply for next year’s council.

The council celebrates student diversity and welcomes all perspectives and lived experiences – so please apply!

Who is selected?

The council welcomes student diversity through lived experience and/or perspectives that students are genuinely interested in representing. The council welcomes students that demonstrate a passion for issues affecting youth (past involvements and/or proposed actions) and have a desire to make a difference.

Application Questions and Scoring Information

The 2018-19 MSAC application has:

  • a series of questions about your personal information, including your:
    • principal
    • school
    • school board
  • five questions about your personal experiences.

Your application will be scored based on the five personal experience questions listed below. Each question will be evaluated out of 3 points for a total of 15 total points.

Note: Please limit your answers to 150 words [200 words in French] (around 800 characters) for each question.

Question 1 (3 points)
Please tell us about yourself and describe a personal experience that has helped shape your unique perspective. What made this experience meaningful to you and how will it support your participation on MSAC?

Question 2 (3 points)
Please tell us about your experience with sharing your ideas and perspectives in your school and/or community, by answering ONE of the questions below.

  • Describe a time when your voice was heard and you believe you may have had an impact as a result.


  • Describe a time when you believe your voice was not heard and explain what occurred as a result.

Question 3 (3 points)
What have you done, or would like to do, so that all students can be involved and interested in their learning and have their voices heard?

Question 4 (3 points)
Members of the Minister's Student Advisory Council have the opportunity to speak up about various issues. You will be asked to choose your top five interests/priorities from a list of options. If your topic is not listed, you can add it.

You will also be asked why you choose your “Priority 1” topic and how you think your participation on MSAC can help address it.

Question 5 (3 points)
Describe an accomplishment or something you participated in that you are really proud to share. Why are you proud of this?

What happens if you are selected?

Students being considered for appointment by the Minister will be asked to:

  1. commit to the two mandatory meetings
  2. provide additional information:
  3. a short biography
  4. photograph
  5. signed ministry consent form.

A social media scan may also be conducted for students who are being considered for appointment.

All students who applied will receive a letter about the outcome.

Giving Students a Stronger Voice

In 2008, the Minister of Education signed an order to create the Minister's Student Advisory Council, under section 10 (a) of the Education Act. The first ever meeting of the Minister's Student Advisory Council was held on May 12, 2009. Each year, approximately 60 students from across the province have provided advice to the Minister of Education on a variety of topics regarding the publicly-funded education system.


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