English Parents' Committee Association of Quebec

A Parents' Association for English Schools in Quebec

A voice for all parents

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Parents' Committee of the EMSB created two pamphlets with the help of Parents, Administrators and Consultants from Education Services and Student Services that you may find of interest to read. They are meant to help you start conversations with your children.

Equity should be in the forefront of decisions.

Montreal, Monday, June 6, 2022 – The English Parents’ Committee Association (EPCA) welcomes the announcement made by the Minister of Education with the goal of improving access to Special Pedagogical Projects (SPP). SPPs can be a vehicle for increased student motivation by offering students a choice of pathways based on their interests.

However, EPCA is disappointed with the means that has been chosen to allocate SPP funding reimbursements and asserts that the government has missed the mark completely on providing access assistance to children. There is a reimbursement of $200 for every family of students in high school whose children will participate in SPPs. For greater equity, a more substantial sum could have been targeted at families with financial obstacles to cover all their registration fees, rather than a blanket sum for all that will not make much difference for the most affluent families.

"As parents, we all want the best for our children, regardless of family income or student grades. It is important that SPPs are not limited in selection based on academic achievement alone. Situations like this do not allow all children equal access to opportunities. The government must ensure that all children, including those with special needs or children that have academic difficulties, have access to opportunities. These being the most vulnerable students are often excluded from special projects and activities,” added EPCA President Katherine Korakakis.

With a couple of months to the upcoming election, this feels more like a gift than an actual measure to make important programs more accessible to all students. EPCA invites the government to continue its reflection with partners in the school community to continue to increase equitable accessibility to all educational services.


Dear Parents and Families, 

Spring has been a whirlwind of activities for students and, as they prepare to finish projects and take finals, I am impressed by how much they have accomplished and how far we have all come! 

EPCA has been hard at work preparing for the Parents’ Conference that we are partnering with the FCPQ to bring to you! It’s not too late to register! There will be so much interesting content… we really hope you can join us. 

In April, your school should have provided you with a Second Communication to update you on your child's academic progress. Next year, we will return to three report cards as opposed to two, in addition to a single written communication. Communication between parents and schools must be fluid and two-way for students to succeed. You can find additional support regarding academic success and what you can do as a parent on Parents.Quebec. 

We have also been hard at work lobbing on our children’s behalf regarding the mandatory CEGEP French courses that have been introduced as part of Bill 96. We have a long road ahead to combat proposed changes that could have a devastating impact on student success for years to come. We hope you will join us at our Rally and march with us on May 14th at 10:00 am in front of Dawson CEGEP to show our dissatisfaction with this proposed law. 

In the meantime, we will get through this by working together, looking out for each other, and lifting each other up. I am proud to be your EPCA President and to serve this great community. 

We thank you and appreciate your dedication to education.

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WHAT WE DO
OUR STRATEGY

The English Parents' Committee Association, the EPCA, is a coalition of parents' committees of Quebec's English school boards; it represents nearly 100,000 students in the young anglophone sector. EPCA is a non-profit association funded by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES).
The EPCA advocates for public education in English in Quebec and lobbies for questions that concern members of our parent committee. 

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