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Toronto District School Board Section 23 Programs

The TDSB Section 23 Programs serve students who require their educational needs to be met outside of the regular school system, in specialized settings.  A student in a Section 23 Program is a client of an agency funded by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services that provides services in one of the following categories:

  • Care (e.g., hospitals, maternity homes)
  • Treatment (e.g., children’s mental health centres, group homes)
  • Corrections (e.g., open custody, closed custody)

The length of time in any given program varies according to the needs of the student, and may involve an assessment period followed by long or short-term treatment.  Concurrent with receiving services provided by the agency, students are taught by TDSB teachers following the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum.


An important part of these programs is the development of personal life management skills.  Individual education and treatment plans are created for students to address their strengths and needs.


To attend these programs, students must first be accepted by an agency. All referrals must be directed to the appropriate agency.


Students in Section 23 Programs may be in either residential or day treatment.  Programs locations include: 

  • hospitals
  • group homes
  • custody facilities
  • treatment facilities
  • classrooms in community schools

If you are a parent with questions about Section 23 Programs, contact the Principal of your child’s local school.

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