Parents and Youths



Notice: Have your say. Vote for your OCSB Trustee.

Ensuring you have a voice in in the upcoming municipal election means ensuring you are on the voter’s list so that you can vote for an OCSB Trustee. By default, everyone’s school support is automatically directed to the “English Public” school. This means that you may need to proactively change your direction of school support (taxes) to “English Separate” in order to vote for an OCSB Trustee.


The next regular municipal election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.  Trustees will be elected for a four-year term beginning December 1, 2018 and ending on November 14, 2022. The 12 trustees of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board are responsible for overseeing a progressive educational system that serves over 71,000 students in 143 schools. Trustees are empowered under the Education Act to set policy for the operation of all public schools in Ottawa-Carleton, and are an important link between the school system and the community.



September 5, 2017

kidsbikesThe Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department’s Cycling Education Team, in partnership with Safer Roads Ottawa, is offering free bike training to local communities. We are offering basic cycling instruction to children in a controlled environment such as parking lots, tarmac, basketball courts, etc. They will learn about helmet safety, bike checks, handling skills, signals, and will put their knowledge to the test by riding on a mini main street!

One member of Council recently came up with the idea of hosting a Bike Rodeo in August to prepare children for riding their bikes to schools. We believe this is an excellent initiative and could also benefit your communities as well. Should you be interested in a Bike Rodeo, please have your office contact Peter Spiess who is the Program Coordinator for this program.  Peter can be reached at 613-580-2854 or at

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  2017-2018 Elementary School Year        

          First Day of School                         September 5, 2017
                                                                                            Last Day of School                          June 2 8, 2018

                                                                                            2017-2018 Secondary School Year 

                                                                                            First Day of School                         September 5, 2017

                                                                                        Last Day of School                         June 26, 2018

                                                                                            Summer School                               July 4 to 26, 2018


                                                           September 5, 2017                         First day of school
June 27, 2018                                    Last day of school for 7-12

                                                           June 28, 2018                                   Last day of school for JK-6




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Maple Syrup in rural Ottawa

It is maple syrup time in rural Ottawa. Traditional sugaring is an adventure and education that makes learning fun. Enjoy a sleigh ride, see tapped trees, sugar shacks and delight in delicious pancakes topped with loads of maple syrup

To learn more about maple syrup adventures in the area, visit Ottawa’s Countryside ( or Eastern Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association (

Exploring with the Stars, Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

Before we explored outer space, we had to explore Earth! Kids will learn about how early settlers in Canada used the sun and stars to find their way and they’ll be introduced to the adventures Hamnett Pinhey. They’ll also create their very own astrolabe, just like Samuel de Champlain, to take home! Ages 6-12. Click here to find a location and register for this free program:


Youth Net

YouthNet / RéseauAdo is a for-youth-by-youth mental health organization. We are bilingual and open to youth aged 13 to 20. Our goal is to promote positive mental health and educate our community by offering presentations, running focus groups and by setting up information booths during events. We want to help young people manage their mental health struggles in healthy ways all while reducing the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness. Our program is unique because we reach out to youth in and around Ottawa with the objective of encouraging them to have a conversation about mental health and what it means.

In addition to our outreach work, we help youth by running programs in our main space at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, at their schools, in community centers and in rural areas. Our programs include: Pens and Paints, GirlsTalk, GuysTalk, FreeRide (a program where participants learn how to snowboard), Yoga for Youth and Take a Hike. Within our programs, we have succeeded in changing the way young people feel and talk about mental health and most importantly, how they manage their own mental health. To further highlight this, some of our participants have moved on to become facilitators while others become strong advocates in our community.

If you want to learn more about YouthNet / RéseauAdo and see what we do, you can follow us on Twitter: @cheoyouthnet. You can also “Like” us on Facebook: and finally, you can check out our website for any questions regarding our philosophy and history at We also encourage anyone to call us with any questions at 613-738-3915.



The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative is pleased to release 5 Numbers You Need to Know About Children and Youth in Ottawa. This series highlights the key priorities and issues that impact children, youth and families and what we can do to make a difference in Ottawa. There are 206,000 children and youth living in Ottawa, working together, we can make sure that every child has the opportunity to grow up great.  To learn about the 5 Numbers you need to know, visit our website: 

Community Engagement

Ottawa Public Library Advisory Groups

Are you between the ages of 14 and 18, want to earn community involvement hours, build leadership skills and meet new teens in your area?

I so, you could become a member of a Teen Advisory Group(link is external) (TAG) at one of many library branches!

To join a TAG or for more information, visit: TAG(link is external). You can also email:

Youth in Policing

The Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI) is an employment program with the Ottawa Police Service for youth 15-18 years of age and attending a secondary school program.

For more information about the program, eligibility criteria, and how to apply, visit: Youth in Policing(link is external)

Ottawa Police Youth Advisory Committee

Are you under 24 and interested in sharing ideas and working together with police for a safer Ottawa? You may be interested in getting involved with the Ottawa Police Services Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), where you will be helping with decisions, projects and events that matter.

For more information, visit: YAC(link is external). You can also email sends e-mail) or call 613-236-1222, ext. 8676.

Ottawa Police Venturers

Are you between the ages of 14 and 18 and interested in Law Enforcement? Police Venturing is a great way to learn about the role of police within the community and within the criminal justice system. Through weekly meetings, training sessions and volunteer opportunities, Venturers meet new friends, learn about policing and gain valuable experience with the Ottawa Police Service. The program runs from October to June each year.

For more information about the eligibility criteria and application process visit Police Venturers(link is external) or phone the Venturer Information Line at 613-236-1222 ext. 6034.

Paint it Up

Did you know that one of the best ways to beat graffiti is to paint up walls, old buildings and underpasses? That’s why Crime Prevention Ottawa works with the City of Ottawa to offer funding for outdoor mural projects through the Paint it Up! program for youth. Find out more on the Paint it Up(link is external) program page.

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OYEC Applications Open Now




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