Count Us In! Grand Erie Launches Second Student Census



rand Erie’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan is guided by a mission to Learn, Lead and Inspire, and a vision to build cultures of Learning, Well-Being and Belonging. These goals can only be achieved if Grand Erie understands the needs of its students and their families, and uses that information to identify and eliminate barriers to achievement, establish programs to increase and improve student services, and guide its work in areas of inclusion, equity and belonging. 

To gather this information, Grand Erie is launching its second student census, Count Us In! This census will build on the information gathered as part of the first survey of students, launched in the spring of 2019. This time, the census will be expanded to include primary-grade students, with age-appropriate surveys and family assistance build into the process for its youngest learners. 

This initiative is being led by the Board’s Safe and Inclusive Schools team and has the support of Trustees, senior management and a host of community groups and organizations. It is also part of a larger initiative by the Ministry of Education and Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan. Grand Erie believes it’s critical for the student census to reflect all of the voices across our region and in the communities it serves. The more responses received, the more reliable the data will be, and the more effective Grand Erie can be in supporting all students. 

The student census features questions that ask students about themselves and their experiences, both inside and outside of school. To view an example of of the student census, click the links below:

Questions related to orientation and identity are only asked of students in Grades 7 through 12.

The census is voluntary, confidential and individual student questionnaires will not be analyzed. Grand Erie is committed to the highest levels of privacy and confidentiality in collecting information about students. 

Students and/or parents/caregivers who decide not to participate in the census should let their school know by Friday, November 11, 2022

Translations of the census are available, and students/families can request a translated version (available in Punjabi, Arabic and Urdu) through their school.

For questions about the student census, see Grand Erie’s FAQ.