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Inclusive Education

Our Vision

An inclusive, publicly-funded education system that welcomes and celebrates diversity, has appropriate resources to support all students, and provides equitable access to lifelong learning.


Why is inclusive education important?

As Canadians, we value our diverse communities. Children who learn together in welcoming, inclusive schools grow up to help build strong and diverse communities where "we all belong."

Decades of research shows that all students benefit from inclusive education. But after many years of eroding supports for diverse learners, many are finding their needs unmet in BC’s public schools. Too many are no longer welcomed at their local schools, excluded from regular classes, sent home due to a lack of staffing or support or traumatized by restraint or seclusion. Too many families are forced to pay for their child's education in segregated private “special education” programs with questionable standards and oversight.

See below for what's new and browse through this section of the website for more information on inclusive education.

February is Inclusive Education Month!

Join us in celebrating our partners in inclusion by nominating an inclusive educator for the 2018 National Inclusive Education Awards. Learn more.

Inclusion BC's position

Our advice on priorities for BC's 2018 budget includes:

  1. New investments to help public schools hire more trained educational assistants and specialists so that teachers are well supported to implement inclusion, equity and quality learning opportunities for all students, including diverse learners.
  2. Additional investments for teacher training and collaboration to help BC’s public school teachers successfully implement BC’s new curriculum and unlock its potential to better serve diverse learners and students with complex learning needs.
  3. Establishment of a provincial working group to advise on further investments, funding formulas and policy reforms to strengthen inclusive education in BC’s public schools and better support the diverse needs of all K-12 students.

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What's New

February 19, 2018
Inclusion BC outlines its BC Budget 2018 priorities to advance inclusion...
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November 15, 2017
BC's Standing Committee on Finance & Government Services releases advice on priorities for BC's next provincial budget...
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October 26, 2017
Inclusion BC is conducting a survey for parents and guardians of students with special needs....
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