• OFIS FACTS

    OFIS - The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools - is a legally incorporated, duly constituted service association for independent schools, established in 1974....

    "Parents have a prior right to FREELY choose the kind of education that shall be given to their child" – 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26, Section 3...

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    Ready To Join? - 2017/18 Membership Applications are now available for download. Click here for details and application. Already a Member? Don’t forget to keep your membership current and renew by September 1st annually! Terminating Your OFIS Membership? Contact our office to complete the necessary form and avoid renewal fees!
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Welcome to OFIS

The OFIS Charitable Trust

Countless young lives are changed through encounters with great teachers. Great teachers inspire. The OFIS Charitable Trust seeks to improve the quality of education that is provided in Ontario’s independent schools. We support great teaching by providing financial assistance for the training of teachers and administrators who are employed or plan to be employed in schools that are not publicly funded. Visit The OFIS Trust page for more information

From The OFIS Office

OFIS Office Hours - Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - Our staff are often out of the office working with members. Messages can be left by both voicemail and email which are monitored regularly and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Members with emergent issues outside of office hours are urged to contact our staff by email    

PSP II - Private School Leadership Course

May 4-6 AND May 25-27 2018 - 9:00am-4:00pm each day - Markham, ON System Practices and Procedures – providing an exploration of the independent school leader’s responsibilities that is more in depth than PSP I, and with the benefit of their accumulated experiences and wisdom, the practical aspects of principalship, examined in the light of current research and theories. Contemporary educational issues, applied to and discussed in the context of real case scenarios, will be the focus of Part II. Candidates will be expected to draw from and to share their own experiences, in mutually beneficial small group environments, structured for the professional development of all. Facilitation will be the preferred method of instruction.

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Winter Webinar Series - Safe Schools Policies

January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Online OFIS is offering a 4 week webinar series aimed at assisting independent schools in developing and/or strengthening Safe School Policies & Protocols. Ensure that your school understands the most current government & legal compliance expectations in establishing best practices to keep safe in a number of key policy areas.

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OFIS Podcasts

FREE! - to all private schools!
Join these real-time conversations on the most current school leadership topics from the comfort of your very own office. New episodes are added on the 3rd Tuesday of each month during the school year from 4-5pm.

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Majority of Canadians Support Public Funding For Religious Schools, Study Finds

December 14, 2017 - National Post - Graeme HamiltonAs debate over religious schools continues in Canadian courts and legislatures, a new poll has found that 61 per cent of Canadians support full or partial public funding for faith-based schools.

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Independent Schools In British Columbia: Myths & Realties

September 20 2016 - Barbara Mitchell Centre For Education Improvement - This study finds that despite frequent claims to the contrary, independent schools do not drain resources from public schools, but in fact, the elimination of the partial funding of independent schools would likely increase the strain on public schools and on B.C. taxpayers. 

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