Sanctity of Life - Donations to Charities & Non-Profits

Update on Stakeholder Feedback on Amendments to Policy V-04:​​

Policy V-04, School Fundraising Activities, as amended, was open for stakeholder consultation from Wednesday, May 2 to Friday, June 1, 2018. Thank you to parents, students, staff and members of the community for providing their input on these new requirements.

The feedback received was presented to the Board of Trustees at the Regular Board Meeting held on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. It was resolved that a special Policy Committee Meeting will take place during the summer (2018) to further review Policy V-04, in light of the stakeholder feedback received. 


At the Board Meeting held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the Board of Trustees passed the following amendments to Resolution #61/18 (amendments in blue):

WHEREAS, on January 19, 2014, Pope Francis wrote to the participants of the March for Life in France: “Let’s say ‘Yes’ to life and ‘No’ to death” and

WHEREAS, donations are ways of asserting our “Yes” and our “No” for or against institutions which support or violate the upholding of the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), because it is a Catholic Institution, will not provide or facilitate any financial donations to any charities or non-profits that publicly support, either directly or indirectly, abortion, contraception, sterilization, euthanasia, or embryonic stem cell research. For the purposes of this motion, “public support” for the issues listed above ( i.e. abortion, contraception etc.…) is not support when privately expressed but is support when publically expressed on a website, in press material or found in some other public area. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Director of Education will provide a list of all charities and non-profits, which benefit from financial donations from the Board by the board meeting of February 20, 2018.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution’s third paragraph be implemented only after:  

(1) the completion of community consultations, 

(2) the adoption of an amended fundraising policy by the Board in response to this resolution; and in any event not earlier than the commencement of the 2018/2019 school year. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Director advise schools and school councils that they may continue their fundraising activities in the same manner as they did prior to resolution #61/18 until an amended fundraising policy is approved by the Board in response to this resolution.


Additional Information:

Previous Updates:

May 2, 2018​

At the Board Meeting held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the Board of Trustees passed amendments to Resolution #61/18 (listed above).​

  • Schools and school councils may continue to fundraise in the same manner as they did prior to Resolution #61/18, until an amended fundraising policy is approved by the Board.
  • The community consultation process, requesting stakeholder input on Policy V-04 School Fundraising Activities and Administrative Procedure VI-59 School Fundraising Activities will continue as scheduled, until June 1, 2018.

April 10, 2018

​​At the Policy Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the Policy Committee made amendments to Policy V-04, School Fundraising Activities to reflect the requirements in Resolution #61/18.