We are the voice of parents and guardians of children enrolled in the publicly funded English Catholic System of Education in the Province of Ontario.
Many School Boards pay the full membership for all schools under their jurisdiction, often using funds provided by the Ministry of Education for parent engagement. If a Board does not use this method, individual schools may pay their membership on their own. Please contact our office for the membership cost for your school or board. Membership pertain to the calendar year and not the school year and as such, should be received by December 31st for the following year. When membership for parents/guardians in the OAPCE has been paid either by the school board or your school, you are strongly encouraged to appoint/elect an OAPCE Liaison Representative on your school council. (Regulation 612).
This position is an additional parent member position to the usual School Council membership and the purpose is to provide contact between the school council and the provincial Association. These OAPCE Liaison Representatives will sit as part of a Regional Council and become the conduit to share parents views and concerns with the OAPCE.
As members it provides catholic parents/guardians the following benefits:
- The OAPCE is the only association recognized by the Ministry of Education and the Institute for Catholic Education as representing the parents/guardians of children in the publicly funded system of Catholic education.
- Membership is what sustains the OAPCE and provides the funds for representation and communication.
- The OAPCE provides a common voice for parents who share a common goal in supporting the continuation and preservation of publicly funded Catholic Education in the province.
- There is an Annual General Meeting of members yearly. A valid membership entitles voting privileges at this annual meeting.