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Student Voice – Minister's Student Advisory Council

2017-18 Minister's Student Advisory Council applications are closed.

Thank you to everyone who applied.

All students will be contacted with their results in the spring.

Meet the 2016-17 council members and see where they come from!

What is the Minister's Student Advisory Council?

The Minister's Student Advisory Council is a group of approximately 60 students from all parts of the publicly funded education system and regions of the province.

These students share their ideas and provide advice to the minister on a variety of topics regarding Ontario's publicly-funded education system. MSAC is a place where students have a voice and where they will be heard.

The first council made an important contribution to Student Voice by identifying Nine Student Voice Indicators. These indicators reflect the ideas of students from across Ontario about what helps strengthen student engagement in learning. Each subsequent council has made its own unique contributions.

Find out what each cohort of Minister's Student Advisory Council has contributed.

What is involved?

The council usually meets with the Minister of Education twice a year.

MSAC members must commit to participate in two expenses-paid meetings during the course of their one-year term.

Council members may create sub-committees on matters of interest and meet virtually to discuss them. Council members may also be invited to participate in optional regional events, meetings, and forums, but these are not mandatory.

Travel may be required to attend MSAC meetings. All accommodation, food and transportation costs are covered by the Ministry of Education for council members and, where applicable, parents/guardians or chaperones for students under the age of 18.

Who can apply?

If you are an Ontario student in grades 7 to 12 at a publicly funded school, you are eligible to be part of the council. Everyone is welcome and no special qualifications are required. The Minister is interested in hearing your ideas. If you have applied in previous years and are in grades 7-12, you are encouraged to reapply. Also, if you are or have been an MSAC member, you are still eligible to apply for next year's council.

The council celebrates student diversity and welcomes all perspectives and lived experiences.

Who is selected?

The council celebrates student diversity. Successful applicants combine lived experience with a perspective that they are genuinely interested in representing. They demonstrate passion for issues affecting youth and a desire to make a difference. Consideration is given to each applicant’s past involvements and/or their proposed actions.

Giving Students a Stronger Voice

In 2008, the Minister of Education signed an order to create the Minister's Student Advisory Council, under section 10 (a) of the Education Act. The first ever meeting of the Minister's Student Advisory Council was held on May 12, 2009. Each year, approximately 60 students from across the province have provided advice to the Minister of Education on a variety of topics regarding the publicly-funded education system.

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