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Tax Eligibility Information 

 

 Registration Information

 

To register your child, please make an appointment by contacting your local Catholic school or for more information contact the Planning Services Department at (905) 632-6300, ext. 165 or ext. 147.

Catholic Elementary School (Grades JK-8) Admission Criteria:

Catholic children may be admitted at the local elementary school, providing proper documentation:

  • Proof of Address
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Record
  • Health Card

Non-Catholic children of Catholic parents or Non-Catholic children of Non-Catholic parents should:

Contact the principal of the designated school and/or the Director’s Office to determine eligibility for enrollment.

Director’s Office
Paula Dawson, Director of Education
(905) 632-6300, ext. 115

You must receive permission to attend a Catholic elementary school from the Director of Education.

*Note: Parents must have the intention of baptizing their child Roman Catholic, and furthermore, provide a letter of Profession of Faith if deemed appropriate.

Additional Scenarios Requiring Permission to Attend a Catholic Elementary School:

  • One child is in Public school and the other child is in Catholic school.
  • Parent/Guardian wants their child to attend a Catholic elementary school, but the child has been baptized in another religion that is not Roman Catholic or Eastern Rite.

Catholic Secondary School (Grades 9-12) Admission Criteria:

  • Open to both Catholic & Non-Catholic students.
  • If your child is new to one of our Catholic secondary schools and not transferring from one of our Catholic elementary schools; the following information is required at registration:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Immunization Record
    • Health Card
    • Proof of Address

Assessment & Education Taxes

Please Support Catholic Schools: Declaring your Support for Catholic Education

The Direction of School Support form is available online. This form may be filled out electronically and printed, or it may be printed and completed by hand. This form must be signed and dated by hand.

Click here for the Direction of School Support form.

The Separate School Lease Agreement form is available online for homeowners and tenants who are not both Roman Catholic, but both wish to have their school support tax directed to the Catholic Board. This form must be signed and dated by hand.

Click here for the Separate School Lease Agreement form.

The forms can be completed in one of three methods:

1. Mail completed forms to:
Halton Catholic District School Board
Planning Services Department
802 Drury Lane
Burlington, ON   L7R 2Y2    

2. Drop off completed forms at any Halton Catholic District School Board elementary or secondary school.

3. Email completed (and signed) forms to: Planning Services Department.


Separate school support is a requirement for admission
to the Halton Catholic District School Board. Roman Catholic parents, ratepayers and members of the Eastern Rite must declare their support for Catholic schools. At the secondary school level, if eligible, the parent/guardian shall designate separate school support and/or provide proof of separate school support. Your declaration ensures that the Province has a public record to show that our Catholic school system is strongly wanted and needed in Ontario. Start by checking your property tax bill or talk to your landlord. If you have moved recently, ensure that your child’s school is aware so that the appropriate changes are made and school support can be directed accordingly.





Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I support Catholic schools?

  • Support of Catholic Values – Your declaration is essential in promoting Catholic values in the education of children.
  • Voting – Ratepayers who assert themselves to be Catholic school board electors are able to vote in the election of Catholic school trustees.
  • Trustee Representation – The number of Catholic school electors determines the number of trustees who can be elected to each school board to stand for the interests of parents and other ratepayers.
  • Population Projections – Your declaration helps school boards determine their enrollment projections, which affects government funding for building and maintaining schools.

How do I find out if I’m registered as a Catholic School Supporter?

  • Check your most recent Assessment Notice.
  • Check with your landlord.
  • Contact the Halton Catholic District School Board Planning Services Department.

I was a Catholic school supporter at my previous address. Why has my designation changed?

When you move to a new address, you should always verify that your school support is being directed to the proper school board. Please contact the HCDSB Assessment Department or Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to ensure that your school support is directed to the Catholic Board.

We don’t have children attending school. Do we need to direct our school support?

Yes, School Support direction should be made even if you do not have children attending school.

Can I have one child in a Catholic elementary school and one child in a Public elementary school?

Yes, but before you can register your child in one of our Catholic schools, you will need permission from the Director of Education, and you will be asked to complete a form directing your tax support to the Catholic Board.

Will my taxes increase if I direct my support to Catholic schools?

No. A change to the direction of school support does not result in any additional cost to you as a taxpayer or affect your property in any way.

Property Assessment Notice:

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) mails out Property Assessment Notices to every property owner in Ontario. Check your school support designation and if the school support does not indicate Catholic: Contact your child’s school and ask for an Application for Direction of School Support form OR contact the Halton Catholic District School Board Assessment Department.

Additional Information on Directing School Support:

Although tenants do not receive a Property Assessment Notice, they may still direct school support for the area of the home/apartment they occupy.

Note: The Direction of School Support Form is the main document which will direct your support. However, in addition to this form, the Separate School Support Lease Form must be completed when one of the owners/tenants is Non-Catholic. At least one owner/tenant must be Roman Catholic in order to direct their support.

Completed forms may be sent to:

Halton Catholic District School Board 
Planning Services Department
802 Drury Lane 
Burlington, ON   L7R 2Y2
 

Registration

​From within Province (Ontario) From out of Province​ From out of country​
  • Roman Catholic or Eastern Rite
  • Catholic Baptismal Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • School Support (forms completed at time of registration)
  • Documentation of School Attendance (for students currently attending school)
  • Proof of Address​ 

Ontario Student Record:
Student’s school record is requested by the receiving school once the student is registered and in attendance at the school.

 

  • Roman Catholic or Eastern Rite
  • Catholic Baptismal Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • School Support (forms completed at time of registration)
  • Documentation of School Attendance (for students currently attending school) ​ 
  • Proof of Address
Student School Record:
Student records do not leave the province, however, parents can photocopy any school records and bring them to the new school.​
  • Roman Catholic or Eastern Rite
  • Catholic Baptismal Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • School Support (forms completed at time of registration)
  • Documentation of School Attendance (for students currently attending school) ​ 
  • Proof of Address
Student School Record:
Student records do not leave the country, however, parents can photocopy any school records and bring them to the new  school.

Valid Student Authorization/Record of Landing Document from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
 
Visa Students
The Board recognizes that occasionally Roman Catholic students entering Canada as VISA students wish to continue their education in a Catholic School. The presence of such students in our schools can potentially add a cultural dimension to the total educational experience that is offered our resident pupils.
 
Roman Catholic VISA students will be permitted to attend Halton Catholic District School Board Schools within the following limitations/conditions:
  • Each VISA student application will be considered in accordance with existing policies.
  • A fee shall be calculated annually in accordance with the General Legislative Grants Regulation for that particular school year.​
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