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Special Education and Student Services Department

ocsb parent guide imageThe Ottawa Catholic School Board’s approach to special education is based upon the principle of meeting students’ needs within the most enabling environment. We work to ensure that our students grow and develop as unique individuals.

Identifying the gifts and strengths of our students is the starting point for developing programs which will nurture growth and learning. Our goal is to enable learners to reach their fullest potential, enabling them to take their place as independently as possible within society. All of our schools have facilities, resources, support personnel and equipment necessary for developing and implementing special education programs and services.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board is committed to providing appropriate accommodations to the point of undue hardship in the form of special education programs and services, including classroom based accommodations, to all students with demonstrable learning based needs, consistent with its obligations under the Education Act and in full compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Our Board actively promotes inclusion programming, where students with special needs fully participate in the life of the school community. Wherever possible, students are educated in regular classrooms with age-appropriate peers. For those children whose complexity of needs exceeds these resources, a specialized placement may be necessary. A full range of placements and services are made available to our students.

View our Parent Guide to Special Education


View our IEP Fact Sheet for Parents


Special Education Report

The Special Education Report covers all programs and services offered by the Ottawa Catholic School Board. The contents of the Special Education Report complies with the appropriate Ministry of Education’s standards, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Education Act, and all other relevant regulations.  

The Special Education Report been divided into three accessible sections, as follows:

Section A. Special Education Programs and Services

Section B. Provincial Information

Section C. Information Required for the Community

View the entire PDF version of the Special Education Report

Contact us

The school principal should always be your primary contact for inquiries regarding Special Education and Student Services. 

Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2351
Fax: 613-225-9153

Our Board's Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) makes recommendations to the Board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils. The committee is made up of community members, representation from local associations, parents, and trustees, who meet monthly to review issues of relevance.

Learn more about SEAC

Other useful resources

Find out more about our Identification, Placement and Review Committees (IPRC), the identification of exceptional students, special education programs, and provincial & demonstration programs.

View our Community-based Violence / Threat Risk Assessment Protocol: A Collaborative Response to Student Threat Making Behaviours. 

Explore some more resources created by OCSB staff and members of our SEAC Committee for parents of students with special needs. 


We have put together a list of websites to help inform you about special education. Use these guides and resources to learn more about your child's needs and how best to help them get the education they deserve.

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