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School board search of teacher’s laptop subject to Charter scrutiny

27 Jun 2024 3:22 PM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

The Supreme Court has determined that school boards are subject to the Charter in all that they do, including employee discipline

The Supreme Court of Canada has decided – decisively – in York Region District School Board v. Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario that the Charter applies to protect the privacy of employees of a public school board in Ontario in the context of a computer search. 

In this case, two teachers employed at Mount Joy Public School, York Region, faced issues shortly after the 2014-15 school year began. They believed another teacher was ineffective and unfairly favored by the school principal. Concerned about their performance reviews, one of the teachers sought union advice and was told to document her concerns.

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