Why is it important to collect identity-based information

  • Identity-based data allows HCDSB to better understand the identities and experiences of our students so we can support every student.
  • It also helps us address systemic barriers to student success and well-being, and foster a more welcoming and positive learning environment for all.
  • All Ontario School 91pro视频s are required to collect identity-based data (via census) in compliance with Ontario鈥檚 Anti-Racism Data Standards (ARDS) under the 2017 Anti-Racism Act.

View the Student Census Literature Report below to learn more about the importance of collecting identity-based data.

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What is the purpose and outcome of the Student Census?

  • To create and promote a more equitable and inclusive learning environment, where all students can achieve, believe, and belong.
  • To help every student in the HCDSB.
  • To achieve justice for every student in the HCDSB, as noted in Catholic social teachings.
  • To verify, measure, address and monitor gaps and systemic disparities affecting students鈥 experiences and outcomes.鈥 (Ministry of Education)

What information does the Student Census collect?

Our Student Census collects information about our student population, specifically collects identity-based data in ten different categories, including:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Indigenous Identity 
  • Disability 
  • Sexual Orientation 
  • Gender Identity
  • Socio-economic Status
  • Status in Canada
  • First Language

How does the Student Census align with the work we do at HCDSB?

The Student Census supports the guiding values of human rights and equity at HCDSB. Our commitment to provide ongoing opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to identify and eliminate discriminatory systemic barriers under the Human Rights Code is embedded in our Equity and Inclusive Education Policy.

For more information, visit our Human Rights and Equity page.

Student Census 2022

The Student Census 2022 was implemented between February 28 and April 4, 2022 (inclusive).

All HCDSB students were invited to complete the Student Census on a voluntary basis, as follows:

  • Kindergarten 鈥 Grade 8
    To be completed by parents and guardians
  • Grades 9 鈥 12
    To be completed by students during class time

Student Census 2022 Results

Disproportionality Reports


If you have any questions about the Student Census, please contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer, Research and Development Services, research@hcdsb.org or Sita Jayaraman, Senior Manager, Human Rights and Equity, jayaramans@hcdsb.org

Click the link below to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Student Census.