Special announcement: .

Strike Update:

Friday, February 21, 2020.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), which includes Provincial Schools Authority Teachers (PSAT), announced that their members will participate in a one-day full withdrawal of services (strike action) on Friday, February 21, 2020 at a number of Ontario school boards across the province, including the Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch’s provincial schools, if a tentative agreement is not reached.

All provincial schools will remain open on Friday, February 21, 2020­ however, instructional programming will be suspended. Supervised activities will be provided during the school day. All residential programs will continue.

All demonstration schools remain open and full instructional programs continue.

Mise à jour sur la grève :

Le vendredi 21 février 2020 :

La Fédération des enseignantes et des enseignants des écoles secondaires de l'Ontario (FEESO), qui comprend des enseignantes et enseignants de l’administration des écoles provinciales (PSAT), a annoncé que ses membres participeront à une journée complète de retrait de services (grève) le vendredi 21 février 2020 dans plusieurs conseils scolaires de l’Ontario si aucun accord de principe n’est conclu.

Toutes les écoles provinciales seront ouvertes le vendredi 21 février 2020, mais le programme pédagogique est mise en suspens. Des activités supervisées seront offertes durant la journée scolaire. Il n’y aura aucune interruption aux programmes résidentiels.

Toutes les écoles d’application demeurent ouvertes et les programmes pédagogiques complets sont présentés.

Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

About Us

The Provincial Schools Branch (PSB) is a branch of the Learning and Curriculum Division of the Ministry of Education and is responsible for the direct operation of five (5) provincial schools and four (4) demonstration schools:

  • Three English/American Sign Language (ASL) provincial schools for the Deaf (Belleville, London, Milton)
  • One French/Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) provincial school for the Deaf, blind and deafblind (Ottawa)
  • One English-language provincial school for the blind, visually impaired and deafblind (Brantford)
  • Three English-language demonstration schools for students who have severe learning disabilities (Belleville, London, Milton)
  • One French-language demonstration school for students who have severe learning disabilities (Ottawa)

The provincial and demonstration schools offer the Ontario curriculum at the elementary and secondary levels as well as specialised integrated programming.

Provincial and demonstration schools provide individualized education in the identified areas with appropriate resources, giving students with special learning needs the opportunity to fully participate in the total school experience including, sports, music, recreational and leadership opportunities.

  • Provincial Schools for the Deaf provide instruction for students from K-12. The schools offer the Ontario curriculum and parallels credit and non-credit courses provided in district school boards. The schools provide a bilingual-biliteracy school and residence program which facilitate students’ language acquisition, learning and social development through American Sign Language (ASL) and English or langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) and French.
  • Provincial School for the Blind provides specialized programs for students from K- 12 who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind. The school offers the Ontario curriculum and parallels credit and non-credit courses provided in district school boards. Programming includes all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum such as direct orientation and mobility supports and braille instruction in an inclusive, accessible environment.
  • Demonstration Schools provide a one year residential school program for students diagnosed with a severe learning disability. Students are accepted for one year with a possibility for a second year in certain program areas.

The schools operate on a school year calendar and provide a residence program and student health services (Sunday evening to Friday afternoon).

Students in the schools for the Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, deafblind are often enrolled for their full elementary and secondary school education. In the demonstration schools, students are accepted for one year with a possibility for a second year in certain program areas.

Resource Services

PDSB’s Resource Services department provides:

  • preschool services for children who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired and/or deafblind and their families; and
  • teacher training and consultation services to English and French language district school boards for Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, deafblind and students with severe learning disabilities.

Alternate Educational Resources Ontario

PDSB’s Alternate Educational Resources Ontario department develops and provides learning materials and media in accessible formats for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary pupils with perceptual disabilities.