Why are we launching a Student Census at WCDSB?
The Student Census is an online survey that collects data specifically related to self-identity, demographics, and experiences at school. The Student Census includes questions about Indigenous identity, ethnic/cultural background, racial identity, citizenship status, religious/spiritual affiliation, gender at birth/identity, sexual orientation, (dis)abilities, household characteristics, and school experiences.
We are authorized to collect personal information from students by the Anti-Racism Act (ARA s.6(2)), Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA s.28(2)), and the Education Act (265(1)(d), 169.1(1)). Our process has been developed in accordance with the guidance and legislation provided by the Ministry of Education, the Anti-Racism Directorate, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The role of the WCDSB is to support the census process for students and to make the best use of the information that is gathered. This is an opportunity for us to learn more about the students we support and help us to identify differences and gaps in our students’ experiences and outcomes, based on their diverse needs.
If you have questions or comments about the WCDSB Student Census, please contact your school administrator.
Please check this webpage for more information.