Promoting a Flourishing Society

Lessons for Ontario: Education Diversity Across Canada

November 19, 2015

On November 5th, 2015 Cardus convened a group of senior-level stakeholders in education from across Canada. These stakeholders represented both public and independent school sectors. They were asked to consider this question: Would a warmer climate for school sector diversity improve education in Ontario?

This question was last examined in Ontario in 1985 when Dr. Bernard Shapiro led a commission on private schools. In the past thirty years, the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan have cultivated a landscape where educational diversity continues to emerge and grow. However, Ontario's landscape has remained frozen in stasis. And thirty years is a long time for the ground to lay barren.

This paper summarizes the discussion convened by Cardus and explores the lessons that Ontario can learn about "warming the climate" for educational diversity from across Canada thirty years after Shapiro.