Provide Your Feedback on the Draft Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG)

Your input from the first phase of consultation has helped inform a revised draft of the PARG (PDF, 287 KB). To share your feedback on the revised draft of the PARG, please send an email to by Friday, March 23, 2018, with the subject line “Revised PARG”.

Draft revisions to the PARG include:

  • requiring boards to assess the impact of accommodation options on communities, student well-being, student programming and school board resources;
  • requiring boards to explore at least three accommodation options;
  • allowing more opportunity for public input by requiring more meetings and extended timeframes;
  • limiting the use of modified pupil accommodation reviews (PARs);
  • creating toolkits and resources for boards to standardize data shared with the community;
  • strengthening the role of secondary students; and
  • integrating the administrative review process into the PARG, and the addition of e-signatures to the petition process.


In June 2017, Ontario launched its Plan to Strengthen Rural and Northern Education. The feedback received from school board, municipal and community partners was central to the development of this plan.

As part of the plan, the Ministry of Education committed to revising its Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG).

While the government’s rural and Northern education engagement focused primarily on rural and Northern communities, we heard that there is a need to strengthen the pupil accommodation review process for all school boards and to better encourage joint responsibility for integrated community planning across Ontario.

First phase of consultation:

From October to December 2017, the Ministry of Education gathered feedback on a series of proposed revisions to the PARG from the public, municipalities, and education sector partners. For more information on what we heard, please refer to the consultation feedback summary.

Second phase of consultation:

Over the next six weeks, the ministry will gather final feedback on the revisions. Your input will help create a final version of the PARG, to be released in spring 2018.

To learn more about these draft revisions, please review the memorandum sent to school boards.

For more information on past consultations and the pupil accommodation review process, please see archived page.

Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG)

During the fall, the ministry also heard about the need to strengthen integrated local planning at the community level. We heard that it is important that local planning conversations extend beyond school boards to include municipalities and other relevant local partners.

To that end, the ministry plans to update the CPPG to encourage joint responsibility for integrated community planning once lessons have been drawn from work across government to support integrated local planning. This decision was based on consultation feedback, which suggested that adding new requirements on school boards through the CPPG in an attempt to compel local partnerships is unlikely to be successful.

We continue to research promising practices, tools and resources that communities can use to assist with their service planning efforts. The Ministry of Education is working with its partners at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Ministry of Municipal Affairs to develop a new voluntary pilot program that will provide flexible support to municipalities, school boards, and other relevant local actors who wish to enhance their collective capacity for integrated local planning. Best practices and lessons learned will inform future policy and supports for integrated local planning across the province.

The ministry remains committed to updating the CPPG to further encourage joint responsibility for integrated community planning as we learn more from the new voluntary pilot program and other work across government. During this period, the ministry expects school boards to continue to use the existing CPPG, including the requirement of holding an annual CPP meeting.

Notice of Collection and Use of Personal Information

To the extent that the response you provide contains your, or your child’s, personal information, the ministry collects that information under the authority of paragraphs 1 and 3 of subsection 8.1(1) of the Education Act. The ministry will use the personal information contained in your response to inform revisions to the Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG). These guidelines provide a framework for school boards to use when developing their own PAR and CPP policies. The ministry will only use the personal information contained in your response if doing so is necessary for the purpose of informing revisions to the PARG and the CPPG. The ministry will protect your personal information in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

If you have any questions about this collection and use of personal information you may contact Yvonne Rollins, Senior Policy Analyst in the Capital and Business Support Division of the Ministry of Education at (416) 326-9932, 900 Bay Street, Floor 19 Mowat Block, Toronto ON, M7A 1N3,

Please do not include anyone else’s personal information in your response, including your child’s personal information if your child is 16 years old or older.