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Backpack and School Supplies Drive

All students should have access to backpacks and school supplies to help them get the most out of their school experience – and you and/or your business can help our students and families in need with a donation to the TDSB’s Backpacks & School Supplies Drive!

Backpacks and school supplies can be expensive. They can also wear out easily or are often lost or misplaced by students throughout the school year. They represent a difficult purchase for some students and for their families.

The TDSB is Canada’s largest and most diverse school board, with more than 247,000 students in 583 schools across Toronto. One in every three children live in poverty right here in our city and many of our students are new to Canada. We know that there are many students who are not equipped with school supplies for the school year. As we continue to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need is even greater for many of our families.

This year’s Backpacks & School Supplies Drive will run from March 1, 2023 to the end of September 2023. Individual donors and companies can help our students by making a monetary donation and/or a donation of new backpacks and school supplies. Tax receipts are available for these donations.

100% of all proceeds and in-kind donations go to benefit our students.

NOTE: Due to potential health & safety, hygiene, sorting and storage limitations, the TDSB can only accept new items.

Please contact the Business Development department at for more information about how to donate new items.