Helping students succeed

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The problem

Although graduation rates across the province have never been higher, we are looking at more ways to help students succeed, including ways to promote and support student well-being.

This includes students’ physical, cognitive, emotional and social health; as well as their sense of self.

Students need support at all levels, in a positive learning environment, so they:

  • can learn and thrive inside/outside the classroom and online
  • are more likely to succeed at school and later in life, as active, engaged citizens

Education is more than just learning to read and write. It’s about having a safe and inclusive learning environment for students to succeed.

What new ideas or projects could help students develop a positive sense of self, feel engaged in school and learn the tools to deal with challenging situations?

Who we're trying to help

We want to help all students in Ontario’s publicly funded education system, from kindergarten to grade 12.

What we're doing/have done

Mental health supports

We are increasing funding by $6 million over the next three years for School Mental Health ASSIST (opens in a new window), which gives mental health leaders in local school boards access to provincial supports and resources, including mental health coaches.


  • are continuing to fund Kids Help Phone (opens in a new window)
  • have completed 34 pilot projects at colleges and universities to address student mental health needs with a particular focus on:
    • transitioning students
    • Indigenous students
    • students struggling with addictions
  • are enabling every college and university to hire a mental health worker who provides direct service to students
  • are supporting the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health and the Good2Talk (opens in a new window) mental health helpline, which provides direct counseling and referral services 24/7 in English and French
  • are giving an additional $18 million, over the next three years, to colleges and universities across the province to support mental health services

Bullying prevention

Since 2012, we require every school board to:

  • have a bullying prevention and intervention plan in place and to implement that plan
  • provide programs, interventions and other supports for students who have been bullied, witnessed incidents of bullying and who have engaged in bullying 
  • put in place procedures to allow students to report bullying incidents safely and in a way that will minimize the possibility of reprisal
  • conduct school surveys (opens in a new window) to measure perceptions of safety among students, parents and staff and use the surveys to:
    1. make better decisions about how to foster safe and inclusive schools
    2. determine the effectiveness of school programs

Talking to students, families and educators

Over the 2016- 2017 school year, we went out across Ontario to get feedback on student well-being (opens in a new window) and how it is being supported in schools. We spoke to students, families, staff and other key partners to learn more about what’s working and what we need to do better.

We’re using the feedback we received to improve the day to day learning experience at school.

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12 ideas submitted to Student success

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A fund for Air Conditioning and Heating in Ontario schools

This past September was extremely HOT in Ontario and there are many schools without proper Air Conditioning. Some schools are aging and the Heating system does not properly run in the Winter time.

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Created on October 15, 2017 by Tilley43.  2 comments

Technology Intergration Elementary schools

Currently some technology is available. Expand programs to English Language Learners and Equity Inclusive Community &families. Focusing on Literacy &Numeracy using supportive adaptive technologies.

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Created on October 18, 2017 by Miss Stephanie J.

Education Budget


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Created on October 13, 2017 by Faisal Zaman.  1 comment


Not sure if reasearch is best but burning out staff cause they need 2 jobs to survive is not helping the students. Everything keeps going up but not our salaries. I made more 11 yrs ago doing the same job with the same board.

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Created on October 18, 2017 by Sunshine16.

Special Education reform in Ontario Schools

I would like to create a new fund for Special Education Reform in Ontario to create a safe school environment where all students can achieve academic success.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by Tilley43.

Minimize Student Anxiety in Transition to the Job Market

For those students who are about the graduate highschool each year, who don't know what they want to go to college for or what they want their career to be, hold a 'space' in each business over say 30 people, where students can safe

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Created on October 12, 2017 by Mber.

Student success and globalization

I am submitting my idea because I recently researched the impact of globalization on children and education.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by JSugar.  2 comments

Special Education/Education Advocacy Support

The idea is to create a advocacy team who deals with issues as they come up in the school instead of the parent dealing directly with school administration.

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Updated on October 19, 2017 by JSugar.  1 comment

sustainable, healthy outdoor learning spaces

Create a fund to which elementary schools in Ontario that have paved surfaces covering outdoor play areas can apply to install permeable, green and climate-resilient work and play spaces.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by latinmi.

Limiting Strike Start Dates

To minimize the damage to post secondary students, all university and college unions should only be able to begin a strike at the start of a semester.

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Created on October 15, 2017 by Jason Fleming.  1 comment