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    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...

    2015/16 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!
    Should Ontario provide financial relief to parents who send their children to independent schools?

Welcome to OFIS

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 inquiries outside of regular office hours are encouraged to contact our consultants for direction - click here to find staff        

What is OFIS?

OFIS is the largest, fastest growing, most diverse independent school association. We exist to:

  • connect  independent schools in a network that shares resources, provides professional development for school leaders, offers administrative and policy support
  • advocate  for access to government education resources making them available to independent schools
  • protect and support true parental choice in education by providing public information and ensuring independent schools’ right to reasonable self-definition
  • encourage greater public awareness and appreciation for independent schools’ contributions to the provincial educational landscape by promoting standard-setting leadership in member schools

1st Annual Fall School Leadership Retreat

November 6 at 3pm to November 7 at 4pm - Kempenfelt Conference Centre - Innisfil - personal leadership development opportunity especially designed with graduates of PSP I & II in mind. An opportunity to continue where courses left off, networking with other school leaders and graduates in a tranquil location in 'near-northern' Ontario - Download The Event Flyer!

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Fall Learning Day 2015 - Eastern Ontario Region

October 20 2015 – 9am -8pm – Leahurst College – New legislative, regulatory and ministerial expectations for private school leaders. Join us for a long but invaluable day!

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Fall Learning Day 2015 - GTA Region

October 22 2015 - 9am -8pm - Holiday Inn Burlington – Hotel & Conference Centre – New legislative, regulatory and ministerial expectations for private school leaders. Join us for a long but invaluable day!

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If The Government Will Give Us Our Own Cash To Fund Child Care, Why Not Schools?

July 21 2015 - Marni Soupcoff - Globe & Mail - "There’s a far simpler approach that bypasses the necessity of centrally planning province-wide education systems that will work for all the hundreds of thousands of different circumstances, needs and desires of the kids and families involved: give parents a $12,000 voucher (or whatever the current per child spending amount on education is in a given province) and let them use it at the school of their choice."

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Cardus Makes The Case For School Choice

September 4 2014 - Fresh North American data and a provocative new research paper from an esteemed Ontario academic clinch the argument for making school choice a key part of educational policy for the public good.

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