Student Voice – Minister's Student Advisory Council
What is the Minister's Student Advisory Council?
The Minister's Student Advisory Council is a group of approximately sixty 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 meets directly with the Minister of Education. It gathers twice a year, once in May in Toronto and once in August at a leadership camp. During their one-year term, council members may create sub-committees on matters of interest and meet virtually to discuss them. Members are invited to participate in regional Student Voice programs and events like Regional Student Forums. Students may also be invited to participate in consultations regarding policies or programs that have an impact on students. Just bring your ideas and be ready to SpeakUp about your education!
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.
The council celebrates student diversity and welcomes all perspectives and lived experiences – so please apply!
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 sixty students from across the province have provided advice to the Minister of Education on a variety of topics regarding the publicly-funded education system.