Toronto District School Board

Business Development

The TDSB engages with many community members, organizations and businesses for distribution of materials, donations, fundraising, grants and sponsorship opportunities with the goal of enhancing the learning experiences of our students. This area of the TDSB is overseen by the Business Development department team. Their portfolio includes the Employee Discount Program. For more information on Business Development, contact Susanna Siou, Manager Business Development at

Distribution of Materials

The TDSB is committed to distribute materials to students and their families with information on external opportunities available to them.  Staff will review all materials through the TDSB vetting process and a decision will be made on whether or not to distribute the materials.  This process supports the TDSB’s responsibility to ensure that all material aligns with supports our Mission and Values Statement and other TDSB policies and procedures.

If you wish to send materials through TDSB schools, please contact Babak Nikmard, Office Assistant at

Donations (Monetary or In-kind)

Donations may take the form of gifts of property or funds given to support a specific school(s) or TDSB initiative.  The TDSB issues charitable tax receipts for donations in excess of $25 and donations of $10 or more towards a school playground/greening project.  A letter of acknowledgement is sent to foundations in recognition of their donation.  For more information or to make a donation, please contact Susanna Siou, Manager Business Development at


Fundraising is considered any local school activity that generates revenue and/or in-kind resources such as the sale of products and services, donations, grants and sponsorships. Business Development provides support in all these areas and is a resource for schools and school councils.

For more information about fundraising or to be considered as an approved TDSB fundraising vendor, please contact Susanna Siou, Manager Business Development at


Support is available to all schools and/or school councils as they consider applying for grants and as they move through the application process.  Grants are reviewed to ensure they align with TDSB policies and procedures.  If you require more information, please contact Meera McDonald, Business Development Coordinator at


Sponsorships are negotiated to offer schools and TDSB departments support for activities and initiatives.  A charitable tax receipt is not issued for sponsorships. Rather, the sponsor is given a letter of acknowledgement and other agreed upon recognition.  If you require more  information, contact Meera McDonald, Business Development Coordinator at

Employee Discount Program

The TDSB actively recruits vendors to the TDSB Employee Discount Program.  Many of our partner companies provide a variety of offers including preferred pricing, discounts and packages that are available to all TDSB staff.  If you are interested in becoming a TDSB Employee Discount Program vendor, please contact Meera McDonald, Business Development Coordinator at

Related Policies and Procedures

Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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