The OEN is a unique, numeric identifier assigned to students in Ontario's elementary/secondary education system by the Ministry of Education. The number will be used as the key identifier on a student's school records and will follow the student through his or her elementary and secondary education.
The OEN makes it possible to keep reliable records on the movement and progress of individual students through elementary and secondary school. In addition, it facilitates the analysis of data about education in Ontario. Use of the OEN system and the data it contains is governed by both the Education Act and the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The implementation of the OEN is part of a comprehensive redesign of the Ministry's data gathering and information management capabilities. The use of the OEN is a necessary pre-condition of these system enhancements.
The Ontario Education Number/Ontario School Information System Group is a unit within the Education Statistics and Analysis Branch responsible for managing the assignment of the OEN.
Information Officers in the Group liaise with schools and boards to provide them with necessary support and training—from how to use the Internet-enabled OEN application to understanding the OEN-related policies and procedures.
Inquiries from schools and boards regarding the Ontario Education Number policies, procedures and supporting system should be directed to:
Ontario Education Number (OEN)/Ontario School Information System Coordination Group
Education Statistics and Analysis Branch
Ministry of Education
777 Bay Street
4th Floor, Suite 422
Toronto ON M5G 2E5
Telephone: 1-888-275-5934 or 416-212-6366
Monday to Friday (excluding holidays)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.