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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. Four-year terms start and end with the Municipal Election. Applications for community representative and alternate vacancies are considered in September and February each year. 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.

Community Representative Application

SEAC New Member Selection Process

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

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

Lianne Dixon, SEAC Liaison
Toronto District School Board
Special Education and Inclusion
5050 Yonge Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 5N8


SEAC Membership

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 12 associations. They include:      
    • Association for Bright Children (ABC)
    • Autism Society of Ontario
    • Community Living Toronto
    • Down Syndrome Association of Toronto
    • Easter Seals Ontario
    • Epilepsy Toronto
    • Integration Action for Inclusion in Education and Community
    • Learning Disabilities Association
    • VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children
    • Sawubona Africentric Circle of Support
    • Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada
    • Ontario Parents of Visually 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