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Ontario Providing More Support for Students with Learning Disabilities Innovative Pilot Programs Und

  • Early recognition of learning disabilities

  • More effective reading programs

  • Better programming and effective use of technology

  • Improved support for students' social and emotional development.

The pilots are supported by a research team and are intended to strengthen school boards' capacity to provide more support for students without having to leave their community. This team will provide input and guidance on how best to share the knowledge gained from the pilots with other school boards across Ontario.

Improving reading skills for all students is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts
  • Ontario invested an additional $1.6 million to provide intensive reading pilot projects in 2016-17.

  • Three-year English-language pilots have been launched in eight school boards in Cambridge, London, Sudbury, and Windsor.

  • Research to support French-language pilots is underway with the launch targeted for 2017-18.

  • A Learning Disabilities Reference Group was established in November 2016 to support the pilots through members’ knowledge and the experience of students with learning disabilities.

  • An independent research and evaluation team from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education will conduct an assessment of the effectiveness of the pilot projects.

Background Information
  • Ontario District School Boards Participating in Reading Pilots

Additional Resources
  • Provincial and Demonstration Schools Consultation Summaries

  • Consultation Summary by PGF Consultants (Centre Jules-Léger)

  • Provincial and Demonstration Schools in Ontario


“Ontario is finding new and innovative ways to support all students, including students who have learning disabilities. This will give them the necessary tools to succeed now and in the future. These pilots are a strong step toward ensuring our most vulnerable students are in a position to reach their full potential.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

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