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Direction of School Support

Direction of School Support

It is not necessary for a property owner or tenant to have children in order to support a French catholic school board or to vote for its trustees.  However, the Assessment Act requires that the school support designation default to English-Public unless the owner or tenant advises the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) otherwise.

The school support designation associated with your property can be verified by checking your Property Assessment Notice or by accessing MPAC’s website.  In order to become a supporter of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) or to ensure your designation is maintained following a move, a request must be made in writing by completing the Application for Direction of School Support and, as required, the accompanying CECCE School Support Agreement.

Only one of the property owners/tenants is required to be a Canadian citizen, catholic and have French language education rights in order to be considered a supporter of the CECCE. The Agreement allows people who jointly own or rent a property to designate school support when one of the owners or tenants is not eligible.

Adress

Applications can be dropped off at your designated French catholic school or mailed to :

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre‐Est
c/o Service des finances
4000 Labelle Street
Ottawa, Ontario   K1J 1A1

Questions? 

Telephone : 613‐744‐2555 (ext. 33115)
Toll free : 1‐888‐230‐5131
email : ecolecatholique@ecolecatholique.ca


Q&A

How to support French-language Catholic Education

1. How can I support French-language Catholic education?

Even if your child attends a school in the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE),  it’s possible that your school taxes are, by default, being directed to the English-language public school board in your area. As the parent of a child who attends a French-Catholic school, you have the right to direct your school support to your child’s school board.

2. Why should I direct my support to the CECCE?

Whenever you buy or rent a new home, your school support is automatically directed to the English-language public school board.

By directing your school taxes to the CECCE, you are expressing your support as a taxpayer for the French-language Catholic education system in Ontario. Moreover, it allows you to participate in electing school board trustees for the CECCE, in order to ensure your interests as a parent are better represented in our system.

We encourage all parents to declare themselves supporters of the French-language Catholic education system in order to signal to the Government of Ontario that French-language Catholic education is important to them.

3. I’ve already chosen to direct my school support to the French-language Catholic education system. Is it possible that this has been changed?

There are several factors that can result in school taxes being redirected, by default, to the English-language public school system:

• If you purchase a new home or property

• If an owner is added to a property

• If the tenant in a house or apartment changes (it’s the tenant, not the landlord, who directs the school support)

• If you move without indicating your school support

• If an agreement has not been filled out between a francophone Catholic homeowner/spouse and a non-francophone, non-Catholic homeowner/spouse (see the next question).

4. My spouse is not Catholic or francophone. Can I direct my school support to the CECCE anyway?

To direct your support to the CECCE, an agreement is sometimes needed to cover certain situations. Here are some examples of when a lease is necessary:

• You are Catholic but your spouse is not

• You have the right to have your child receive a French-language Catholic education, but your spouse does not

• You are a Canadian citizen but your spouse is not

If any of these situations applies, you must complete the School Support Agreement.

5. My spouse and I are not Catholic or Francophone. Can we direct our school support to the CECCE anyway?

If neither of you is Catholic or francophone, you cannot direct your school taxes to the CECCE. However, if you are both Catholic but not francophone, you can direct your school taxes to the CECCE without having to complete an agreement.

6. How can I find out whether my school support is being directed to the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est?

You can contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) by calling 1 866 296-6722. The MPAC keeps all information regarding school support for each property in Ontario.

7. What documents do I have to fill out in order to redirect my school support?

You must complete the Application for Direction of School Support and, in some cases, the School Support Agreement.

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