• 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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    2016/17 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!
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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 issues outside of office hours are urged to contact our staff by email      

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

OFIS Secondary School Inspection Readiness Workshop

November 7 & 8 2016 - 9am - 4pm each day - Markham - All private secondary schools seeking credit-granting status must now file all of the following documentation with the Private Schools and International Education Unit by December 1st for a February 1st start. Will you be prepared? Two days of intensive pre-inspection training are being offered.

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OFIS Fall Learning Day - GTA

October 20 2016 – 9am – 4pm – Glenn Arbour Academy - Burlington – OFIS is pleased to announce it’s Spring Learning Day in the Eastern Ontario! Stay Current!—Get checklists and templates for all the most up-to-date government and legal compliance expectations for independent schools

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OFIS Fall Learning Day - Eastern Ontario

October 18 2016 - 9am - 4pm - Leahurst College, Kingston ON - OFIS is pleased to announce it’s Spring Learning Day in the Eastern Ontario! Stay Current!—Get checklists and templates for all the most up-to-date government and legal compliance expectations for independent schools

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Sweden Provides Lessons On How To Increase Accessibility For Low And Middle-income Parents To More School Choice

November 15 2016 - Fraser Institute - Gabriel Heller SahlgrenAmid continued calls in some provinces to reduce or even eliminate government funding of independent schools, policymakers could look to Sweden and its full government funding model that increases school choice for parents, particularly modest-income families, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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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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