Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) refers to both the institution responsible for the operation of all English public schools in the city of Ottawa
Ottawa is the capital of Canada, the second largest city in the Province of Ontario, and the fourth largest city in the country. The city is located on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario...

, Ontario
Ontario is a province of Canada, located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province and second largest in total area. It is home to the nation's most populous city, Toronto, and the nation's capital, Ottawa....

 and its governing body. Like most school boards, the OCDSB is administered by a group of elected trustees and one director selected and appointed by the Board itself. Additionally, annually, two student trustees are selected per provincial regulation.

Every four years, within the context of the Ottawa municipal elections, an election is held within each of Ottawa's twelve trustee electoral zones to elect each trustee. Following election and annually thereafter, the Board of Trustees holds its organizational meeting, where the Board membership elects two of its members to the positions of chair and vice-chair of the Board. Chairs and membership of each of the Board's committees are also determined as part of the organizational meeting. In addition to the twelve trustees, two student trustees are elected by their peers, providing opportunities for the student body to become informed and involved in Board governance.


The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board was created on 1 January, 1998 in accordance with Ontario provincial government legislation including merging of the former adjacent Carleton Board of Education and the Ottawa Board of Education. The headquarters of the amalgamated school district is located at the former headquarters of the Carleton Board of Education at Nepean
Nepean, Ontario
- Recent quantity of snow :- History :Nepean Township, originally known as Township D, was established in 1792 and originally included what is now the central area of Ottawa west of the Rideau River. Jehiel Collins, from Vermont, is believed to have been the first person to settle in Nepean...


Historically, and to this day, the OCDSB is one of the very few school boards in Ontario with an advisory council on the arts providing input and annual reports to the Board of Trustees.

In 2009-2010 the OCDSB tried to shutdown the Alternative program, a group of Students and Parents from Lady Evelyn Alt teamed up with a trustee and won the Review.

Schools and programs

The OCDSB is has 147 school sites (117 elementary, 25 secondary including the Adult High School, plus five secondary alternate sites). Schools within the OCDSB provide English with Core French, Alternative, Early French Immersion
French immersion
French immersion is a form of bilingual education in which a child who does not speak French as his or her first language receives instruction in school in French...

, Middle French Immersion, Late French Immersion, Special Education, IEP's and Gifted programs.


The OCDSB has an operating budget of $784.8 million for the 2010-2011 school year. In 2007, the school busses belonging to the OCDSB and the co-terminus catholic school board were taken over by a new corporation: The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (See external link, below)


The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is the largest school board in Eastern Ontario, serving students within the City of Ottawa, covering an area of 3,760 square kilometres. The OCDSB is the seventh largest district by school population in the province of Ontario. Enrolment as of October 31, 2007 totalled 72,388 students (47,099 elementary and 25,455 secondary).

The District has 2,711 full-time equivalent (FTE) elementary teachers and 1,337 secondary teachers, as of October 31, 2007, with 238 principals and vice-principals. In addition to the full-time teachers, approximately 2,494 teachers are on the district's occasional teachers list. The OCDSB also has 2,059 administrative and support staff of whom 1,817 work in the schools.

The trustee is now Rob Cambell.

See also

  • Schools of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • List of schools in Ottawa
  • Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board
  • Education in Canada
    Education in Canada
    Education in Canada is for the most part provided publicly, funded and overseen by federal, provincial, and local governments. Education is within provincial jurisdiction and the curriculum is overseen by the province. Education in Canada is generally divided into primary education, followed by...

  • Ottawa-Carleton Educational Space Simulation
    Ottawa-Carleton Educational Space Simulation
    The Ottawa-Carleton Educational Space Simulation , unofficially known as "Spacesim", is a student-run organization within the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board that operates primarily out of Lisgar Collegiate Institute...

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