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Postponing OFHSA Conference and the
Annual Meeting

As you know, the Ontario government has ordered all publicly funded schools to remain closed from March 14 to April 5, 2020. In following this directive to ensure public safety, and in order to do our part and play a constructive role in supporting local health officials and Health Canada as they work to contain the virus, OFHSA has made the difficult decision to postpone our Conference and Annual Meeting in an effort to reduce the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We will continue to monitor the situation and new dates will be communicated once they can be set as things evolve.

Everyone is encouraged to continue reinforcing important preventative measures during cold and influenza seasons, including:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing and before touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Also wash after touching public installations like handrails or door handles. Make sure to rub for at least 20 seconds.
  • A 70 to 80 percent alcohol-based hand rub or gel sanitizer may provide an alternative where handwashing stations arenโ€™t readily accessible.

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๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ

๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜†

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing or flexed elbow if you donโ€™t have a tissue. Dispose of the tissue properly and wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Avoid crowds and public gatherings, if you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces frequently with disinfectant wipes.

Below are some additional resources where you can find more information about the COVID-19 and useful โ€˜how toโ€™ sites regarding precautionary measures:

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๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐’๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ˆ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž
๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐‡๐š๐ง๐๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ๐ก

During this difficult time, OFHSA will be available to support members by phone and email.
The OFHSA office, housed in the Workers Arts and Heritage Center in Hamilton, will be closed to the public until further notice.

OFHSA Conference 2020 Information

Registration open NOW!

When: Friday, April 3 to Sunday April 5th, 2020

Where: Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre

19 Holiday Dr, Brantford, ON N3R 7J4


Parents are active partners with the EDUCATION system Effective COMMUNICATION is critical

This is a community event, designed to welcome all parents, and learn to become an advocate in your

Our greatness comes when we appreciate each otherโ€™s strengths, when we learn from each other, when
we lean on each other. Michele Obama

Registration Package Here

Welcome Back to School!

All OFHSA Membership forms will be completed online for the year 2019-20.

Please follow the link below to complete your Association forms.

Membership List
Association Executive Contact Information

Congratulations to the newly
Elected Officers
of the
Ontario Federation of
Home and School Associations
for 2019-2020.

Acting President โ€“Sarah Thomson
2ndย  Executive Vice-President โ€“ Nancy Raymond
rd Executive Vice-President โ€“ย  Laura Gonzalez
Past-President โ€“ Sandra Binns

The 2019-20 President elected was Arlene Morell and unfortunately she is no longer able to fulfill her term of office. The OFHSA Board of Directors have voted that theย 1st Executive Vice-Presidentย  Sarah Thomson be the OFHSA Acting Presidentย for 2019-20

OFHSA Board of Directors looks forward to engaging and empowering Home and School Association members, parents, schools and families as active participants and contributors to public education, we help create healthy, accepting schools and vibrant communities.

Thank you for your support,

Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations

Member Resource- Consultationย Education in Ontario

OFHSA members make the time to be involved in good decision-making at their school and school board as an independent voice of parents and grassroots advocates, actively supporting public education.

This information resource, based on OFHSA policy, is to be used to help guide discussion around announcements that affect public education in their local school community.

OFHSA response to: Consultation: Education in Ontario (Ministry of Education) 12/19

OFHSA Video Presentations


More guidance counsellors for grades 7 and 8

Minister of Education announces changes to the funding formula

The Minister of Education has announced that school boards will receive increases to funding for guidance counsellors for students in grades 7 and 8. People for Education has been calling for a change to the funding formula for guidance for a number of years and has recommended that guidance counsellors for students in grades 7 and 8 be funded at the same rate as they are in high school – which is one counsellor for every 384 students. Today, the Minister announced the province will be making that change.

According to the Ministry of Education, this will mean at least 450 more guidance counsellors in schools with grades 7 and 8.

To read the full article from People For Education, click here.

Bringing down wait times for special education

Minister of Education announces increases in funding for special educationย 

There are few details available about the province’s announcement of a $300 Million increase in funding for special education over the next three years. But there is a commitment to reducing wait times for special education assessmentsย by providing $125 Million over the next three years to hire appropriate professionals (psychologist, speech language pathologists etc.) to ensure students can be assessed quickly and at no cost.

According to People for Education’s 2017 Annual Report on Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools, there are at least 35,000 students waiting for special education assessments in Ontario. While most of these students are receiving some form of support, without an assessment it may be difficult to ensure that the support is targeted and appropriate.

To read more about the changes, click here.

180 Mental Health Workers coming to Ontario high schools

New staff to help students find services, provide support

For a number of years, principals, in response toย People for Educationโ€™s Annual Ontario School Survey, have raised concerns about the growth in the proportion of students struggling with mental health issues. The principals have also told us, they lack the staff to support them. While the province has not provided details as to the qualifications of these new support workers, they will be helpful to support teachers, students and school staff in ensuring that students are getting the help and the access to services that they need.

To read the full article from People For Education, click here.

Ontario Newsroom Ontario Newsroom

News Release

New Schools and Child Care Spaces Coming to Communities Across Ontario

January 15, 2018

Province Investing in Additions, Repairs and Upgrades at 79 Schools

Ontario is supporting families in communities across the province, with new schools, additions and renovations that will create better, modern learning environments and more licensed child care spaces.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, and Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, were joined by Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston, at Dennis Avenue Community School in Toronto today to announce funding for 39 brand new schools and 40 major renovations and additions in communities across Ontario.

These projects will also include a total of 157 new child care rooms with more than 2,700 licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4, helping more families access safe and affordable child care closer to home.

Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


    • In 2018, Ontario is investing $784 million in 79 new and renovated schools. This investment will also create more than 2,700 new licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4.
    • Ontario is providing $10.8 million to help build a new school building for Dennis Avenue Community School, and $4.5 million for a four-room addition at the nearby George Syme Community School. Each project will include five new child care rooms with space for 88 children.
    • Since 2013, the government has invested $9.1 billion in capital funding to support more than 160 new schools and more than 460 additions and renovations.
  • Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding over five years to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities.




“Ontario is committed to building learning environments that support student achievement and well-being. Thatโ€™s why we continue to invest in new, renovated, and expanded schools so that every student can learn and grow in a space that enables them to reach their full potential.”
โ€”ย Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

“Schools are a natural fit for licensed child care spaces. They provide families with access to safe, high-quality care in a convenient setting, and offer young children the opportunity to transition into full-day kindergarten in a familiar environment. These new spaces will give our youngest learners a strong start in life, and make a real difference in the lives of many Ontario families.”
โ€”ย Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care

“Iโ€™m thrilled Ontario is making an important investment for the future of York South-Weston. These high-quality school buildings will help provide local students with better learning environments, while supporting the needs of our growing community.”
โ€”ย Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston


Richard Francella
Ministerโ€™s Office

Heather Irwin
Communications Branch

Public Inquiries


Ministry of Education


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The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations are pleased to announce the Federation Officers for the 2017-2018 term, as elected by the Board of Directors.

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