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  • March 06, 2015

Grants Available to Help Parents in Markham-Unionville Get Involved In Education

Applications for School Councils and Community Groups Now Open

MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that Ontario is helping parents in Markham-Unionville get involved in their children’s education by supporting local initiatives to encourage learning and well-being.

Grant applications for the 2015-16 school year will be accepted until May 19.

In the 2014-15 school year, the government funded 186 projects in York Region and twenty-six in Markham-Unionville, examples of which include:

  • Interactive Math Night for Parents at Sir Richard W. Scott Catholic Elementary School
  • Healthy Body Healthy Mind at Unionville Meadows Public School
  • Newcomer Session and Orientation at Cedarwood Public School
  • Promoting Financial Literacy at Markham Gateway Public School

“Engaging parents with the help of these grants makes an important contribution to student learning success.  With twenty-six granted projects in Markham-Unionville alone last year, ranging from social media, anti-bullying, and health and wellness, our community’s parents are getting involved to help their children move forward to higher achievement and a brighter future.”
Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

The government funded more than 2,200 projects across Ontario in 2014-15 that helped identify barriers to parent engagement and found local solutions to help more parents get involved in their children’s education.

“Parents play a vital role in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. We know that children whose parents are engaged in education, show higher levels of achievement, and we are committed to providing support for that to happen in every community.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education

Encouraging parents to get involved in their children’s education is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


  • Studies show that when parents are more engaged in their children’s education, students are more likely to earn higher grades, develop better behaviour and social skills, and achieve higher levels of education.
  • Since 2006, the government has provided over 15,000 Parent Reaching Out grants to school councils and more than 568 regional grants — a total investment of more than $24 million to help increase parent involvement.
  • Recent Education Quality and Accountability Office results show that 72 per cent of Grades 3 and 6 students are mastering reading, writing and math skills.
  • The Parents Reaching Out grants support the four key goals of the government’s renewed vision for education in Ontario: achieving excellence, ensuring equity, promoting well-being and enhancing public confidence.


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