Supporting Catholic Education Today
Catholic education is a wonderful tradition that dates back more than 160 years in Ontario. As part of Ontario's publicly funded education system, Catholic schools offer faith-filled learning to approximately one third of the students in the province.
Now more than ever, it is essential that we work together to make a meaningful commitment to Catholic education. One of the most important ways to do this is by directing your tax support on your municipal tax assessment form to the separate school board. By doing this you will be sending a powerful message to the provincial government and the broader community about the importance and need for a Catholic school system.
Why is declaring yourself a Catholic school supporter so important?
- You help determine the number of Catholic trustees that can be elected to the board, which ensures your right to vote for a Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board trustee during municipal elections.
- School support is an indicator the government uses to determine overall support for and strength of a publicly funded Catholic school system.
- It supports our Board's enrolment projections, which affects funding for new schools.
Declaring Yourself as a Catholic Supporter
By calling our board office at (705) 722-3555 and speaking to our assessment officer, you can get more information about your current tax support designation. If you would like to declare yourself as a Catholic school supporter, please complete the forms (linked below) and return them to the school office or to the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board at 46 Alliance Blvd., Barrie, ON L4M 5K3.
Application for Direction of School Support