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Know Your Rights

In Ontario, the Education Act, along with other regulations and policies, define the education rights of children and youth as well as parents or guardians.

These rights include:

  • The right to a public education
  • The right to participate in some decisions made about your child’s education
  • The right to have decisions made and to be informed of decisions within legislated timelines
  • The right to request a review of IPRC decisions and suspensions
  • The right to appeal special education and school discipline decisions

On this website, we provide specific information on your rights and the rights of your child in two areas:

Special Education; and
Suspensions & Expulsions.

In this section, we also provide information about other rights of children and youth in Ontario, including rights defined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

Why do I Need to Know my Rights?

To make sure your child gets what he or she has a right to, teachers, principals, and other decision-makers need to know that you understand your rights, and that you have the resources and support you need to defend your rights and the rights of your child.

Defending one’s rights, or the rights of someone who cannot speak up for themselves, is not always easy. Though you or your child may be guaranteed certain rights by law, defending your rights can sometimes be a long, difficult, and expensive process.

One of the aims of this web site is to help you to avoid getting into a long, difficult, and expensive legal battle by giving you some of the tools you will need to advocate successfully for your child.

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