EXEMPTION FROM RELIGION CLASS
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Your right to the Exemption from religion classes in Ontario Catholic high schools is covered by this section in the current Ontario Education Act...


42 (13)  ...no person who...attends a secondary school operated by a
Roman Catholic board shall be required to take part in any program or

course of study in religious education on written application to the

Board of the parent or guardian of the person.


Click here to read the complete description of the Exemption clause:

www.Ontario.Education.Act

 When the Ontario Government agreed to extend public funding to the high school grades in the 80's, the exemption was written into law for any student choosing to attending a local Catholic High School. 


RELIGION CLASSES ARE NOT MANDATORY IN ONTARIO CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS 






"I didn't even know the exemption right existed and it
didn't seem anyone 
else at the school did either, not the Teachers, 
Principal or the Guidance department!  
Finally got my daughters 
exemption but it took a lot of work and the Board 
didn't seem to
want to comply with their legal obligation"  

LONDON, ON


"After a conversation with a reporter the Board finally didn't seem to have any problem providing the exemption.  Even though the law is on my side they seemed more worried about the publicity than compliance to the law. More people should know about this so the Boards are forced to comply with the Education Act."
 
THUNDER BAY, ON



"This has been around for over 25 years and it seems it was put into law just for my son.  The exemption allowed him to take the course  he needed to get into University.  Well worth the fight, not just for his legal rights but for his education."

 PENETANGUISHENE, ON



"The Catholic Board kept on coming back to me with denial after denial with some crazy excuses. Letter from a lawyer certainly got their attention and the exemption the next week!" 

        BRAMPTON, ON
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