How to get involved

Provincial government advocacy

On October 24, 2017, Ontario issued new requirements for all school boards to have policies and procedures in place to support students with certain medical conditions, including diabetes. Policy and Program Memorandum (PPM) 161 came into effect in September 2018.

While PPM 161 requires school board to ensure that all students with diabetes have a care plan, there is no requirement for staff support where children need help with tasks associated with daily management (for example, blood sugar checks or insulin administration). That means parents and students will continue to rely on staff volunteers. If you think this should change, make your voice heard:

  • Write a letter to Ontario’s Minister of Education. Let her know why designated staff is an essential component of a policy on medical conditions in schools. Tell your story: What support does your child need? Who provides it now? What would happen if your child did not have this support at school?
  • Be sure to copy your MPP. You may also want to copy the head of your diabetes clinic, your local children’s hospital, and/or your school board.

The Canadian Paediatric Society and Diabetes Canada produced this Advocacy Tip Sheet to help parents advocate for full implementation of PPM 161.

Provincial government contacts

School advocacy

Share your story

What has the school experience been like for your child or teen? What changes would you like to see in the support your child or teen receives? By sharing your story, you will demonstrate the need for comprehensive policy and help strengthen our advocacy efforts. Please take a few moments to complete our survey(s). Your comments may be used on this website, but will not be attributed. While we wish we could hear from everyone, because this is a provincial advocacy effort, these surveys are only for people in Ontario.

Last updated: November 2018