Statement from Minister of Education Lisa Thompson
“Ontario’s students need to be able to focus on their learning – not their cellphones.
“Last fall, we launched the largest-ever consultation on education in the history of Ontario. During this consultation we heard that 97% of respondents support some form of a ban on cellphones.
“Our Government will be introducing a ban on cellphones in the classroom. Beginning next school year, cellphones will no longer be allowed in the classroom unless they are required for educational purposes, health and medical purposes, or to support special needs.
“By banning cellphone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need like reading, writing and math.
“We will be making a formal announcement in the near future.”