Toronto District School Board


Special Education Advisory Committees (Regulation 464/97)

The Education Act [Subsection 57.1(1)] requires every district school board to establish a SEAC, whose purpose is to aid school boards in supporting students with special needs. The composition and duties of this committee are set out in Regulation 464/97. SEAC is an advisory committee to the board, whose legislated purpose is to:

  • make recommendations to the board about any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils of the board
  • participate in the board’s annual review of its Special Education Plan
  • participate in the board’s annual budget process and review the financial statements, as they relate to special education
  • provide information to parents, as requested

SEAC members are appointed by the board of education for a four year term. Members include Trustees, community members and representatives from local associations which work to further the interests and well-being of groups of exceptional children or adults.

For contact information for the current SEAC membership, please click here.

SEAC can also be reached by email through: or by land mail to

Margo Ratsep, SEAC Liaison
Toronto District School Board
5050 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 5N8


Members of SEAC assist the school board in understanding and addressing the needs of its exceptional students. They do this at a system level, by bringing to the board the broader perspective of the families with whom they connect – individually, through community groups such as school councils, or through family contacts made with a member association. SEAC representatives also provide to parents general information regarding special education matters in the TDSB.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) invites residents of Toronto to apply to fill membership vacancies on the TDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for the current four year term. All SEAC positions are voluntary and the four year appointment term runs from January 2015 to November 2018. SEAC  meetings are held once a month on a Monday evening (See dates posted on SEAC main page). Meetings take place in the boardroom at 5050 Yonge Street (next to the North York Civic Centre). Meetings usually run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 


Membership Selection Process

The TDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) consists of:

  • 3 Trustees
  • Up to 8 Community Representatives and their Alternates (2 per regional quadrant)
  • Up to 12 Local Association Representatives and their Alternates. Current association membership is comprised of 11 associations and 1 vacancy. They include:      
    • Association for Bright Children (ABC)
    • Autism Society of Ontario
    • Brain Injury Society of Toronto
    • Community Living Toronto
    • Down Syndrome Association of Toronto
    • Easter Seals Ontario
    • Epilepsy Toronto
    • Integration Action for Inclusion in Education and Community
    • Learning Disabilities Association
    • VIEWS for the Visually Impaired
    • VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children

In accordance with Regulation 464/97 under the Education Act, which covers the work and function of SEAC, all applicants must:

  • Be Canadian citizens aged 18 or older
  • Be public school electors residing within the jurisdiction of the Toronto District School Board
  • Not be employed by the TDSB in any capacity

Membership Application Process

If you are interested in learning about or applying for:

Interested applicants can download the information and nomination/application forms at the above links. Applications, along with any supportive information, must be signed and can be emailed, mailed or faxed as instructed on the application form.

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