Multi-Year Plan

Meeting 2014-2018 Multi-Year Plan Goals

As the governing body of the York Region District School Board, trustees establish an annual Multi-Year Plan to guide system direction for a three to four-year period. The Multi-Year Plan is a reflection of emergent priorities identified by our educational communities.

YRDSB staff implemented strategies and actions to meet the goals set out in the Multi-Year Plan. Below are some of the strategies and actions that were implemented to support trustees’ multi-year plan goals in 2017-18.



Student Achievement and Well-being
Continuously increase student achievement and well-being through a culture of caring and learning, which emphasizes:

  • Positive relationships among students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members.
  • Inviting and innovative physical environments in schools and workplaces.
  • Safe and supportive schools and workplaces.
  • Engagement of students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members in public education.
  • Student and staff mental and physical well-being.

Every Student Counts Survey in development for 2017-18 year to link student demographic data, perception data and achievement data.


Results of the 2017 School Climate Survey being used to develop supports and recovery strategies related to equity issues identified by students and parents.

Embedding systemic approaches for engaging student voice at the system and school level to monitor progress and evolving needs.

Increased number of Teacher Liaison positions from seven to eight to support all schools in providing families with support for school-related issues such as racism, Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination.

Three Equity Teacher Facilitators secured for September 2017 to work with curriculum, leadership development and student services departments to embed equity and inclusive education programming and practices in all schools.

School-based Well-Being Teams collaborated on equity scans in partnership with Teacher Liaisons to inform school improvement planning.

Quest conference focused on student, staff and community well-being with an emphasis on staff well-being as a foundation to support student well-being.

Strengthened work with community and faith groups.

Continued and strengthened working relationship and partnership with York Regional Police Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division.

Partnered with York Regional Police and York Region Children's Aid Society to form the Interfaith Advisory Committee.


Brought together 1,000 staff, students and community members at Ring of Peace, a unity rally to show support for safe, inclusionary spaces free from discrimination and hate for all learners in York Region.
Stewardship of Board Resources

Align human and financial resources with Board priorities by:

  • Demonstrating professionalism and accountability for high standards of practice in all Board operations.
  • Enhancing confidence in public education.
  • Ensuring new initiatives are focused and attainable.
  • Modelling continuous environmental sustainability.

Put forward balanced budget for 2017-18 school year.

Opened one new elementary school (Barbara Reid Public School) and one secondary school (Bill Hogarth Secondary School).

Created new policy to oversee Director of Education recruitment and appraisal process.

Director, trustees and senior team completed human rights and equity training.

Director and senior administration undertook governance training.

Initiated process of establishing the office of an Integrity Commissioner.

Staff facilitated "Coffee Chats" - drop in sessions for parents and community members to meet with trustees and Chair of the Board.

Initiated comprehensive employment equity plan including an employment equity survey and systems review.

YRDSB named one of top three energy efficient school boards in Ontario.

113 elementary schools, secondary schools and Outdoor Education centres achieved eco certification.


Delivery of Effective and Sustainable Educational Programs
Deliver effective, innovative and sustainable educational programs to each student by:

  • Implementing modern learning approaches which engage students and prepare them to succeed in a globally connected world.
  • Providing access to differentiated and relevant learning opportunities, resources and programs.
  • Engaging students as partners in their learning.
  • Embracing environmental awareness.

Annual Fusion/Our Voice conference held where students participated in workshops on topics related to mental health, racism, social justice and Gay Straight Alliances.

Student trustee elections streamed to participating schools across the district.

A dialogue at an Educator Network (Alliance of Educators for Black Students) identified a need to work with black, male youth to address attendance and academic achievement issues. This learning will be applied to other race/heritage student demographics moving forward.

A panel of Asian and South Asian students shared their stories of marginalization and paths of inclusion in their schools for teachers and students of Asian/South Asian heritage.

Partnered with Southlake Regional Health Centre to provide students with an opportunity to collaborate, problem solve and apply learning in a hospital environment. Secondary students worked with healthcare professionals ​to develop creative solutions to reduce falls in post-operative patients.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier P.S. students hosted an event with Intel Canada Ltd. focused on learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students built personal computers and were introduced to robotics and programming.