What does it mean?
As a property owner in Ontario, you are required to support a school system, even if you do not have children or your children are not currently attending school. This information can be found on your Property Assessment Notice.
For residential properties that are occupied by tenants, the tenants school support preference will supersede that of the owners.
For properties that have more than one self-contained unit, such as a duplex, the tenants for each unit can direct their school support, as though they were assessed separately.
School support designation helps property owners and tenants identify which school board they wish to support in a school board election. School support information collected by MPAC is provided to municipalities and school boards for planning purposes.
There are five different school support designations:
- English public
- French public
- English separate (Catholic)
- French separate (Catholic)
- Protestant separate (Penetanguishene only)
As per legislation, your school support defaults to the English Public school board. However, you may be able to change your school support.
For more information please visit, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) - School Support Designation