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  • February 28, 2018

Strengthening Student Engagement in York Region Schools

SpeakUp Projects Promote Students’ Ideas and Voice

February 23, 2018



Ontario is supporting greater student engagement in Oak Ridges-Markham by funding projects that encourage students to lead or participate in projects that make a difference in their schools.


This year, 20 projects have been approved for funding locally, a total 916 across the province. New areas of focus for this school year include: well-being, financial literacy, the arts, and ensuring equity and promoting anti-racism.


Last year, the government funded more than 750 SpeakUp Projects that provide students in grades 7-12 with grants of up to $2,500 to lead and/or participate in projects that strengthen student engagement within their classroom, school and wider community.


In Oak Ridges- Markham, these 20 local projects will receive funding:


King City SS

KCSS Robotics

King City

Ashton Meadows PS

Ashton Meadows's Day of Diversity


Bur Oak SS

Speak Up Pitch Competition


Bur Oak SS

Health Out Loud Conference 2018


Bur Oak SS

All Types of Love


Castlemore E PS

Free To Be Me


Donald Cousens PS

Inspire and Ignite STEAM Night


E T Crowle PS

Day Of Peace


Fred Varley PS

We are Beautiful: Building a healthy perspective of Body Image


Greensborough PS

Greensborough Grows


Legacy PS

Creating Awareness of Human Rights through Indigenous Perspectives


Markham DHS

Lands, Legacies, & Lived Experiences (FNMI @ MDHS – A Celebration of Aboriginal History Month)


Pierre Elliott Trudeau HS

Love Week


Pierre Elliott Trudeau HS

Equity-Day Conference at Trudeau H.S.


Kettle Lakes PS

Chess Club

Richmond Hill

Moraine Hills PS


Richmond Hill

Richmond Green SS

May Mental Health Conference

Richmond Hill

Windham Ridge PS

Métis Awareness Week

Richmond Hill

Glad Park PS

Glad Park Public School's Moccasin Project


Oscar Peterson PS

Embrace and Promote Gender Equality and Promote Well-Being




 These student-led projects are helping Ontario’s publicly funded education system reach goals that are outlined in Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in OntarioThe whole education system benefits when students share their ideas, gain skills and collaborate with school staff and community partners to implement SpeakUp Projects.

Promoting student engagement is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change that includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.




"Congratulations to the students in 17 of the schools in my riding of Oak Ridges-Markham for being terrific leaders in their school communities through such successful SpeakUP projects. Empowering our students to effect positive change in their schools is a very important initiative which creates stronger classrooms and communities."

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham


“This is an amazing program. We are providing funding that will give students a voice to share their ideas and to help make schools welcoming places to learn and grow. These projects will enable our students to develop into confident, capable and caring citizens.”
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care



  • Since 2008, Ontario has funded more than 10,000 SpeakUp Projects and invested more than $10M.


  • Last year, more than 750 projects were approved for funding to support the Student Voice.



SpeakUp Projects

Ministry of Education's Student Voice Strategy


Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario



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