Supporting Catholic Education

Nurturing the Spirit of Faith and Learning

Catholic schools are welcoming communities that respect and celebrate the uniqueness of everyone. We work with parents, parishes and the community-at-large to integrate the teachings of Jesus Christ into all aspects of school life.

A Tradition to Support

By directing your tax assessment to support Catholic schools, you are supporting a wonderful tradition that dates back more than 160 years in Ontario. As part of Ontario’s publicly funded education system, Catholic schools educate approximately one third of the students in the province.

Support Catholic Education Today

Now more than ever, it is essential that we work together to make a meaningful and tangible commitment to Catholic education. Your support as a Catholic rate payer sends a powerful message to the provincial government and the broader community about the importance and need for a separate school system.

Even though Section 93 of the Constitution Act of 1867 protects the existence and funding of Ontario’s Catholic schools, some individuals and groups continue to challenge and try to eliminate public support for Catholic schools. The reality is that Catholic education is distinct! The Catholic system offers an educational experience that is different and we need to stand together to preserve this uniqueness and privilege.

The Ontario Catholic Schools Trustees' Association had developed useful resources outlining the importance and value of Catholic education. We encourage you to visit their web site at or take a look at their summary report A Discussion on Ontario's Catholic Schools and Their Future and their brochure Catholic Schools – Nurturing the Spirit of Faith and Learning

Did you know that you don't have to have children enrolled in school to be a supporter?

Even if you don’t have school-aged children, we urge you to check the support designation on your property tax bill to verify that you are a registered Catholic school supporter.

Why is declaring yourself a Catholic school supporter so important?

  • Your help determine the number of Catholic trustees that can be elected to the Board, which ensures your right to vote for a Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board trustee during municipal elections

  • School support is an indicator the government uses to determine overall support for and strength of a publicly funded Catholic school system

  • It supports our Board's enrollment projections, which affects funding for new student places

Did you know?

If you move (either as a homeowner or tenant), or change the deed to your home, you must re-designate your tax support to ensure you are designated as a separate school supporter. With every move or change of deed, your support reverts back to “public.” We encourage all homeowners or tenantsto check their designation on their property tax bill to ensure the arelisted as an “English separate” school supporter. Tenants can contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation at 1-866-296-6722 to determine the designation for their dwelling.

Declaring Yourself as a Catholic Supporter

Please call (705)722-3555 and ask to speak to our assessment officer to find out more information about your current tax support designation. If you would like to declare yourself as a Catholic school supporter, please complete the attached forms and return them to your school or MPAC.