Why should you direct your support to the Catholic education system?
It is your right to direct your school support to the Catholic system. The Catholic education system is dedicated to instilling values in our students, within a safe, caring, and supportive environment. Our schools provide students with an opportunity to express their faith. It is our duty to assist students in becoming effective communicators, discerning believers, collaborative contributors, caring family members, and responsible citizens.
Why is your support important?
- It is a public record of the extent of support for Catholic schools;
- It is used to determine the number of trustees to be elected to each board to represent the interests of parents and other ratepayers;
- It supports board population projections, which affect funding for new pupil places;
- Should authority to tax be returned to local school boards in the future, a complete assessment base will be critical.
When you designate yourself as an “English Separate” school supporter, you help foster a strong political voice through your elected school Trustee. Trustees oversee recommendations for educational programs, budgets, and policies that govern the Board’s operation. Your Trustee provides an important link between your community and the school board, bringing your issues and concerns forward to board discussions and decision making.
Have you recently moved?
When you move, your school support automatically defaults to “English Public” support, directing your voice away from your Catholic school community. This also means that you will not be able to vote for your BGCDSB Trustee. Check your assessment notice carefully each time you move to make the necessary adjustments.
To make a change/correction:
First, inform the school of your new address and the date of your move. This will verify your new address is located within the school's boundaries and updates your child's student record.
Next, complete and sign the Application for Direction of School Support form which redirects your school support back to Catholic.
For further assistance, or if any additional forms are required, contact your school or the Catholic Education Centre. Your continued support is greatly appreciated!
Municipal ElectionsOntario municipal elections are held every four ( 4 ) years in the month of October. During these elections, school trustees are elected as well. In order to vote for a Catholic school trustee, you must be registered as a Catholic school supporter. The next municipal elections will take place in 2022. Have your say. Check online to ensure you are able to vote for your School Trustee in the municipal elections.One of the greatest rights we have in Canada is to “have your say.” In Ontario, we are all given the freedom of choice in choosing our Mayor, City Councillor, and School Board Trustee. Ensuring you have a voice in the future elections means ensuring you are on the voter’s list. And, by ensuring your school support is directed to the “English Separate” school board, you will be able to cast your ballot for a BGCDSB Trustee.
Note: You can visit voterlookup.ca to complete school support changes for electoral purposes, or add a name(s) to an existing address.
Allows Roman Catholic ratepayers to declare themselves as a Catholic school supporter/elector.
If one homeowner is a non-Catholic, then complete the above lease form, as well as the Application for Direction of School Support form. The lease form gives the Catholic the right to direct property taxes to the Catholic schools.