Province of Ontario's Public Consultation: Service Animals in Schools
On April 4, 2019, the Ontario government launched a public consultation on service animals in schools.
"Bill 48, the Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, 2019, amends the Education Act to provide the Minister of Education with the authority to establish policies and guidelines respecting service animals in schools, and would require boards to comply with the policies and guidelines.
The Ministry of Education is now consulting on a draft Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM), School Board Policies on Service Animals. Until May 4, we are hoping that school boards, families, students, education partners, advocacy groups, community agencies and interested individuals across the province will contribute feedback on the topic of service animals in schools and classrooms.
The draft PPM is intended to provide direction to school boards when developing policies on service animals in schools. The goal is to have a more fair, consistent and transparent process for families when making requests for service animals to accompany their children to school."
You may access the draft PPM and survey to provide feedback online at www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-service-animals-schools.