Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB, known as English-language Public District School Board No. 25 prior to 1999[3]) refers to both the institution responsible for the operation of all English public schools in the city of Ottawa, Ontario and its governing body. Like most school boards, the OCDSB is administered by a group of elected trustees and one director selected and appointed by the Board itself. Additionally, annually, two student trustees are selected per provincial regulation.

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Ottawa, Ontario
Coordinates45.3322°N 75.7800°W / 45.3322; -75.7800
District information
Chair of the boardLynne Scott
Director of educationCamille Williams-Taylor
Schools113 elementary schools
25 secondary schools
5 secondary alternative program sites[1]
BudgetCA$974.3 million (2018-2019) [2]
District IDB66184
Other information
Elected trusteesLynn Scott
Christine Boothby
Donna Blackburn
Wendy Hough
Rob Campbell
Chris Ellis
Jennifer Jennikens
Keith Penny
Lyra Evans
Erica Braunovan (resigning Dec. 31)
Mark Fisher
Sandra Schwartz
Student trusteesPrasith Wijeweera
Ganaaboute Gagne

Every four years, within the context of the Ottawa municipal elections, an election is held within each of Ottawa's twelve trustee electoral zones to elect each trustee. Following election and annually thereafter, the Board of Trustees holds its organizational meeting, where the Board membership elects two of its members to the positions of chair and vice-chair of the Board. Chairs and membership of each of the Board's committees are also determined as part of the organizational meeting. In addition to the twelve trustees, two student trustees are elected by their peers, providing opportunities for the student body to become informed and involved in Board governance.


The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board was created on 1 January 1998 in accordance with Ontario provincial government legislation including merging of the former adjacent Carleton Board of Education and the Ottawa Board of Education. The headquarters of the amalgamated school district is located at the former headquarters of the Carleton Board of Education at 133 Greenbank Road, Nepean.

Historically, and to this day, the OCDSB is one of the very few school boards in Ontario with an advisory council on the arts providing input and annual reports to the Board of Trustees.

In 2009-2010 the OCDSB tried to shut down the Alternative program, a group of Students and Parents from Lady Evelyn Alt teamed up with a trustee and won the Review.

In 2017 a family was awarded approximately $3,000 after winning a lawsuit against the OCDSB over the board's failure to take a student's complaints about bullying seriously.[4]

In 2018 two former students filed lawsuits against the OCDSB for failing its "legal duty to provide for the safety of its students".[5]

Schools and programs

The OCDSB has 147 school sites (117 elementary, 25 secondary including the Adult High School, plus five secondary alternate sites). Schools within the OCDSB provide English with Core French, Alternative, Early French Immersion, Middle French Immersion, Late French Immersion, Special Education, IEP's and Gifted program.[6]


The OCDSB has an operating budget of $784.8 million for the 2010-2011 school year. In 2007, the school busses belonging to the OCDSB and the co-terminus catholic school board were taken over by a new corporation: The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (See external link, below)


The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is the largest school board in Eastern Ontario, serving students within the City of Ottawa, covering an area of 3,760 square kilometres. The OCDSB is the seventh largest district by school population in the province of Ontario. Enrolment as of 31 October 2007 totalled 72,388 students (47,099 elementary and 25,455 secondary).[1]

The District has 2,711 full-time equivalent (FTE) elementary teachers and 1,337 secondary teachers, as of 31 October 2007, with 238 principals and vice-principals. In addition to the full-time teachers, approximately 2,494 teachers are on the district's occasional teachers list. The OCDSB also has 2,059 administrative and support staff of whom 1,817 work in the schools.[1]

The chair of the OCDSB is Lynn Scott.

See also


  1. "2018-2018 Director's Annual Report to the Community" (PDF). Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. "2018-2018 Director's Annual Report to the Community" (PDF). Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. "Ontario Regulation 107/08". e-Laws. Government of Ontario. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  4. "Family who successfully sued school board over bullying claims shares story | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  5. "Former students sue board over alleged abuse by music teacher | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  6. "Strategic Directions – A Report to the Community – Fall 2007" (PDF) (Press release). Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Retrieved November 2007. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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