Section 23 Programs (TDSB) works with community agencies across Toronto to provide education and therapeutic care for students K-12, who are unable to attend regular or special education classes within a community school.


  • Toronto District School Board (TDSB)
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Child and Youth Services, Mental Health
  • Ministry of Child and Youth Services, Youth Justice
  • Ministry of Health


  • Adventure Place
  • Aisling Discoveries
  • Aptus
  • CAMH Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS)
  • Children’s Aid Society (CAS)
  • Child Development Institute (CDI)
  • Delisle Youth Services
  • East Metro Youth Services (EMYS)
  • Etobicoke Children’s Centre
  • Fernie Youth Justice
  • George Hull Centre for Children & Families
  • Griffin Centre
  • Hincks-Dellcrest Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Humber River Hospital Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Humewood House, Young Parent Services
  • Kennedy House Youth Services (KHYS)
  • Jerome D. Diamond Adolescent Centre
  • June Callwood Centre: Jessie’s Young Parent Services
  • Massey Centre, Young Parent Services
  • Operation Springboard Youth Justice
  • Rosalie Hall, Young Parent Services
  • Rouge Valley Hospital Shoniker Clinic, Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Sick Kids Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Hospital, Fresh Start Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Turning Point Youth Services
  • TREADD/Surrey Place
  • Youthdale
  • Covenant House


  • Students have needs that cannot be met by their community school.
  • All resources have been exhausted through IST and SST, and the decision is made that therapeutic treatment is required
  • Students’ primary needs necessitate day treatment services of an agency external to the TDSB
  • Family and youth must consent to the placement
  • Education is provided by TDSB teachers


  • SECTION 23 PROGRAMS does not determine admission of students
  • An application is made by the school, through a centralized intake process, after the IST and SST processes have been exhausted
  • Agencies register students who meet treatment criteria
  • Stay may attend Section 23 program from 15 days up to two years


  • Central Co-ordinating Principal
  • 2 Elementary VPs
  • 2 Secondary VPs
  • Special Education Co-ordinator
  • Guidance Counsellor
  • Special Education Librarian
  • Technology Support teacher
  • Office Administrator


  • 66 sites across the city of Toronto
  • 110 classrooms
  • 33 community agencies partners
  • serves 1500-2000 students each year
  • serves 500 students at any one time
  • 46 Elementary Teachers
  • 64 Secondary Teachers
  • 21 Educational Assistants


  • Class size: 6-8 students.
  • Each classroom is staffed with: a TDSB teacher;  one or more Child and Youth Worker, and  an Educational Assistant (if appropriate)
  • Classrooms are located in:
    • community schools – Elementary and Secondary
    • agency facilities
    • mental health treatment centres
    • hospitals
    • residential settings
  • Programming includes a balance of therapeutic treatment coupled with academic instruction



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