Equity and Inclusive Education Policy – APC037
Reviewed/Revised: June 2011
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) recognizes that all people are created equal, in the image of God, each with inimitable characteristics deserving of dignity (Genesis: 1:27). In accordance with the Church’s teachings, it is the policy of the WCDSB to provide in all its operations an educational environment which supports and enables diversity within its Catholic community. The WCDSB embraces a vision of Catholic Education which proclaims: “Our Catholic Schools: Heart of the community ~ success for each and a place for all.” In order to fulfill this vision, the mission of the WCDSB is: “As disciples of Christ, we educate and nurture hope in all learners to realize their potential to transform God’s world.” The WCDSB recognizes that in embodying such a vision, any form of social or cultural discrimination is incompatible with Catholic moral principles and is in violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The WCDSB gives pre-eminence to the tenets of the Catholic faith, congruent with the protection afforded in the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Constitution Act, 1982 and confirmed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The WCDSB and its staff are committed to the elimination of discrimination as outlined in Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy and the Ontario Ministry of Education Policy/Program Memorandum No. 119, in a manner which is consistent with the exercise of the WCDSB’s denominational rights under section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and as recognized at section 19 of the Ontario Human Rights Code.