Ombudsman Ontario

Ombudsman Ontario

October 23, 2006 16:42 ET

Ontario's Ombudsman Now has the Power to Investigate Catholic District School Board

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 23, 2006) -

ATTENTION: NEWS EDITOR

Since the Ministry of Education has assumed control over the administration of the Boards' affairs, complaints about Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board can now be investigated by the Ontario Ombudsman.

Through an Order in Council issued on October 10, 2006, control and charge over the administration of the affairs of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board were taken over by the Ministry of Education.

"While the functions of school boards are not generally within the scope of my office," explained Mr. Andre Marin, Ombudsman of Ontario, "as the Board is currently controlled by the Ministry, issues occurring after October 10 are now within my jurisdiction."

The ombudsman is an independent officer of the Legislature with the power to investigate complaints about services provided by the government of Ontario and its agencies.

If you are not sure whether your concern or complaint falls within the purview of the Ombudsman Act, please contact the office at 1-800-263-1830 and a member of staff will be pleased to assist.

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