Ontario doubles the number of guidance councillors for grade 7 & 8 students

The Ontario government wants to nearly double the number of guidance teachers for Grade 7 and 8 students, and help better prepare kids for the transition to high school and the fast-changing world beyond.

The Ontario government wants to nearly double the number of guidance teachers for Grade 7 and 8 students, and help better prepare kids for the transition to high school and the fast-changing world beyond.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was with Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, MPP Ottawa-Orléans at École secondaire publique Louis-Riel, in Ottawa on Monday, to announce an investment of more than $120 million over the next three years that will add more than 450 new guidance teachers across the province.

For Grade 7 and 8 students, this means additional support as they prepare to transition to high school, as well as early exposure to positive role models and diverse career options, as they explore continuing their education through apprenticeships, college, university and in the workplace.

In total, Ontario will add 2,000 new education workers with Budget 2018, which include:

– Educational assistants (EAs) to support students with exceptionally high needs;

– Specialists, including social workers, psychologists, behavioural specialists and speech language pathologists to support boards in expanding special education programs and services;

– Up to 400 new mental health workers at Ontario’s secondary schools.

Since 2003, the province has added over 40,000 additional teachers and education workers despite stable enrolment.

Ontario Newsroom

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