The Strategy and Planning department provides educational and land use planning services and information for staff, parents, school communities, and all relevant levels of government.
Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy
A key responsibility of the department is to develop the Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy, a document that was first created in 2014 and is refreshed each year. The strategy provides an approach to program and accommodation planning with a ten-year timeframe that allows for responsiveness and flexibility in a changing environment. It is a roadmap for the future that identifies future studies that could lead to Accommodation Reviews.
Following the annual process to develop the Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy and the Capital Budget Plan, TDSB staff determines areas of projected enrolment growth and areas of decline, utilization rates of operating schools both in the short term and the long term, renewal needs, potential closures and new school construction or additions. This analysis could lead to Accommodation Reviews.
Accommodation Reviews are managed by the Strategy and Planning department with participation by superintendents of education, principals, central staff, and trustees. Some reviews include community consultation processes that involve parents/guardians, students, and the school community and others involve staff only.
Reviews with Community Consultation:
- Boundary Change Review
- Program Area Review
- Property Review
- Pupil Accommodation Review
To learn more about these review processes, please visit the Accommodation Reviews page.
- Child Card Occupancy Review
- Emerging Capital Priorities Project
- Residential Redirections
The department manages the collection, analysis and reporting of enrolment data (both actual and projected). Enrolment projections include short-term and long-term data at the individual school and system levels. These projections are used to determine staffing levels and facility utilization -- whether a school will be over or underutilized.
Facility Space Management
The department leads processes to balance enrolments across schools and uses tools such as making better use of existing school space, timetable changes, portable shifts, grade changes, and boundary changes to ensure space is used efficiently.
- This assists staff in identifying operating schools with unused space (classrooms) that could potentially accommodate facility partnerships; those that could be declared surplus to the needs of the Board; and those that may require new construction or additions.
The Strategy and Planning department identifies areas of sustained overcrowding where school additions or new builds may be required and submits business cases to the Ministry of Education to request funding. It also completes analyses to determine if school properties should be retained for future use or declared surplus to the needs of the TDSB and sold. These revenue sources and expenditure are included in the Capital Budget Plan that is refreshed and approved by the Board of Trustees each year.
Land Use Planning
Land use planning staff supports the TDSB’s role in the planning process by providing expertise in the review of residential development applications, municipal and provincial land use policies and studies. The Land Use team assesses the impacts on existing school sites, determines the need for additional school sites, and advises on best practices related to the accommodation of students. The team projects future student populations that could be generated from proposed residential developments, changes in land use policy, and urban structure. It also monitors and actively participates in community, municipal and provincial initiatives to ensure that adequate provisions for student accommodation are made and the health and safety of students is protected.