Support Catholic Education
Supporting Catholic Education in Niagara
Registering your child in a Niagara Catholic school is the strongest show of support for Catholic education a parent can make. Another very tangible way that Catholic parents – and Catholics in the community – can support Catholic education in Niagara is by ensuring that you direct your support to the English-Separate system with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
Did you know that you don’t have to have a child in Catholic school to support Catholic education? Many English-Separate ratepayers don’t have children, but attended Catholic schools themselves. Others have children who completed their Catholic education, or are family members of current students. Each voter’s reason for supporting Catholic education is unique, but collectively they share a unified faith in a system that delivers exceptional faith-based education to more than 23,000 students in Niagara Catholic schools every day.
What does it mean to support Catholic education
All Catholic homeowners – regardless of whether they have children – pay the education portion of property taxes. This money is pooled with funds collected across the province, and is redistributed equally, on a per-pupil basis, to all school boards in Ontario. If you designate your taxes English-Separate in Niagara, Niagara Catholic receives this funding from the province.
But directing your support is about more than just money. Being registered as an English-Separate school supporter allows you to have your voice heard at election time by voting for your choice of Catholic school trustee(s) in municipal elections, and is the basis for attendance rights for admission into Niagara Catholic elementary schools. The number of Catholic ratepayers in a community determines the number of trustees required to represent the interests of Catholic families, and helps support Board population projections. Your support is also a powerful punlic declarion to the province about how much you value Catholic education, and shows a commitment to Catholic education in Ontario.
Did you know that your support for Catholic education does not move with you? If you are a homeowner who has recently moved, or if the deed to your property has changed and you did not register as a Catholic supporter at that time, it’s important to check your voter registration and update your preference to support Catholic education before the election. If you are not registered as an English-Separate supporter, you will directed to complete an Application for Direction of School Support Form to direct your support to Catholic schools.
Not Catholic? Not a problem! If the sole owner of a property is not Roman Catholic, but their spouse is, or if one owner of a jointly owned property is not Catholic, it’s still possible to direct your support to Niagara Catholic by completing a Roman Catholic School Assessment Lease.
Election Day in Ontario is October 22, 2018. If you’re not sure which way your tax support is directed, please take a moment to do the following:
Check the school designation on your MPAC Assessment Notice to ensure that you’re an English-Separate supporter. You can also check this information online at VoterLookUp.ca.
If you are not registered as an English-Separate supporter and want to be, complete the Application for the Direction of School Support form, and a School Assessment Lease, if applicable. Please mark these completed forms to the attention of Student Information and Administrative Services and return them to either your child’s school, or the Catholic Education Centre at 427 Rice Road in Welland, L3C 7C1.
If you still have questions or require support in completing this process, please call 905.735.0240 ext. 292 and we will be happy to assist you.