Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary! 

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB).

In celebration of HCDSB’s 50th Anniversary, we will be honouring and celebrating our journey in faith as a Catholic education community through the following events and activities planned:


Pilgrimage of the Cross ​The 50th Anniversary was officially launched at the Regular Board Meeting on November 19th, with the unveiling of the Pilgrimage of the Cross, which was then transported to the starting point of the journey, beginning at Christ the King Catholic Secondary School in Georgetown. The Pilgrimage of the Cross will journey from school to school, and will continue until Catholic Education Week, 2021.
Celebratory Liturgy​ A Board-wide Celebratory Liturgy will take place at Holy Rosary Parish in Milton, with virtual participation by all HCDSB schools.​ The date is to be determined. 
Community Gathering/Arts Showcase​ On Sunday, May 3, 2020, a system-wide community gathering will take place at Assumption Catholic Secondary School. 
Alumni Awards​​ The HCDSB Alumni Awards and the inaugural recipients will be recognized at a Community Gathering on May 3, 2020.
Time Capsule​ ​At the November 19th Board Meeting, the contents of the 25th Anniversary Time Capsule were unveiled. All schools will be invited to contribute items to the 50th Anniversary Time Capsule. ​ 
Virtual Scrapbook​ A virtual scrapbook will capture digital memories from each of our HCDSB schools.​ 
50th Anniversary School Activities​ A toolkit has been developed with a list of 50 suggested activities to help schools commemorate HCDSB's 50th Anniversary. Schools will be invited to share their activities on social media, using the hashtag #HCDSB50.
​50th Anniversary Prayer A special 50th Anniversary prayer has been created and will be shared with all staff, students and parents.



  • Our HCDSB roots trace back to 1856, when Fr. Morgan Rex-Ryan founded St. Mary School, the first Catholic elementary school in Oakville.
  • In 1969 provincial legislation mandated the consolidation of school boards across Ontario. The municipal school boards of Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville amalgamated to become the Halton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board.
  • In 1974, a regional government arrived in Halton, changing Halton County to the Regional Municipality of Halton. The ‘county’ was dropped from our school board’s name, leaving Halton Roman Catholic Separate School Board.
  • At the Board’s 25th Anniversary in 1994, there were nearly 20,000 students enrolled in Kindergarten to OAC (Grade 13). 
  • In 1997, the ‘Fewer School Boards Act’ came into effect, and English-language and French-language schools were separated into two school boards:

  • 1. Halton Roman Catholic Separate School Board became the English-language Separate District School Board in Halton;
    2. Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud was established as the French-language Catholic school board.

  • In 1998, we were renamed to Halton Catholic District School Board

Learn more about our HCDSB history.

50th Anniversary Emblem

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of HCDSB, a special emblem was created to be featured alongside the HCDSB logo. The emblem incorporates the 4 primary colours in our palette, representing the 4 municipalities that make up our district: Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville. The colours have been positioned within the emblem to represent a path or journey, with the number ‘50’ visible in the negative (white) space.
There are a number of elements in the emblem that symbolize our faith: the cross at the top of the hill; the fish (in orange) and the Eucharistic Host (in yellow). The emblem is also encased in a circle, an important symbol in our faith, representing God, wholeness, and eternal life. ​