Staff and student requests for religious accommodation are considered and provided on a case-by-case basis.

In Summary

The “Look Fors” described below are taken from the effective practices and integration sections of the Going Deeper Rubric:

  • System and school leaders promoting school-wide understanding of the need for religious accommodation.
  • Staff participating in learning activities which build awareness and understanding of the traditions, practices and observances of the diverse faith communities in their school community.
  • Schools working with students and families to provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
  • Students, parents, families and staff understanding and complying with procedures for requesting religious accommodation.

Further Your Discussion

Reflective Questions

  • What activities do we provide to promote shared understanding of diverse faiths, beliefs and practices?
  • What kinds of religious accommodations do we provide for students/families who request accommodation?
  • What challenges do we face in making religious accommodations, and how do we meet those challenges?

For more information, see How Do We Know We Are Making A Difference? A Reflective Tool for School and System Leaders on the Implementation of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy (PDF Available in English or French).

In addition, please consult the Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). This policy sets out the OHRC’s position on creed and accommodating observances related to a person’s creed. It offers Ontario citizens and organizations ways to address and prevent discrimination and conflict based on creed in an informed, proactive, and principled way.