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C W Jefferys Collegiate Institute

"We acknowledge we are hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat. We also recognise the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples."

Learn more about the TDSB Land Acknowledgement here.

AHM Poster

During the month of February, the Toronto District School Board proudly recognizes African Heritage Month. It is an occasion to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent to Canada and the world. The chosen theme for 2021-2022 is NIA: Walking in Our Purpose.

The first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine, introduced a motion to recognize February as Black History Month. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons. In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada. At the Toronto District School Board, a motion to recognize African Heritage (Black History) Month was carried in January 2002 and reaffirmed again in January 2004.

An artwork created by students under the leadership of their teacher, Matthew Chapman, from Downsview Secondary Schools in 2020 has been updated to showcase this year’s theme NIA: Walking in Our Purpose. Five principles of Kwanzaa are presented in this painting:

  • Umoja (unity) the tattoo
  • Nia (purpose) the logo on the shoe
  • Kuumba (creativity) the logo on the shirt
  • Imani (faith) the brand tag on the hijab
  • Kujichagulia (self determination) found in the fabric of one of the shirts.

There were almost 1.2 million Black people living in Canada in 2016. The Black population is diverse and has a long and rich history in Canada. This dates back as early as 1608 with Mathieu De Costa who came from Holland to Canada to work as a French interpreter. There was also a large settlement of Blacks in New French in and around 1734 with Marie Joseph Angelique. During the 1850’s and 1860’s many Blacks fled to Canada from the United States seeking refuge from enslavement because of the Trans Atlantic Trade.

Among the Black population born outside of Canada, the source countries of immigration have changed over time. More than half of this population who immigrated before 1981 were born in Jamaica and Haiti. Black newcomers now come from about 125 different countries, mainly from continent of Africa.

A Little Bit About Our School

C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute is a semestered school located at Finch and Sentinel, between Jane and Keele and is in close proximity to York University.  It was founded in 1965. The school was named after Charles William Jefferys, a Canadian artist whose work has contributed to education in the areas of Canadian History and Art. 

The school is the home of the Saints where student involvement is an integral part of C. W. Jefferys’ school life.  To support student involvement, there are strong athletic, academic and extracurricular programs.  One of many important programs at the school is the ESTeM Program where students benefit from taking enriched science and mathematics, as well as from exploring computer technology and engineering. Additionally, C. W. Jefferys takes pride in their LAWS program which is a partnership with Osgoode Hall Law School aimed at supporting, guiding and mentoring students.  

C.W. Jefferys provides inclusive education leading to improved student results and exemplary credit accumulation. Students are recipients of numerous bursaries and entrance scholarships to some of the province's top colleges and universities. The post-secondary acceptance rate is extremely high.  The school has significant student success initiatives that enrich student learning as well as provides support for "at risk" students through initiatives such as “Learning to 18 pilot project”, "Stay Connected" and the credit recovery program offered at the school.

C.W. Jefferys is a true community school that welcomes and celebrates the unique talents of students, parents, and community partners.  It is a school that encourages, staff as well as students, to take an active role in helping the school to function smoothly, and efficiently ensuring a safe, secure professional learning environment. 


Food for Kids Program

We know that the closure of schools has been difficult for many families, especially those who rely on school-based Student Nutrition Programs. The TDSB and the Toronto Foundation for Student Success have teamed up to provide families at your school with $50 grocery store food cards (one per TDSB student). If your family would benefit from this card, please complete the registration form online.
Online Registration Form

Covid-19 Information and Updates 


(click image for fact sheet on vaccines for youth age 12-17)

Everyone entering the school must complete a health screening. Students and TDSB staff can use the ServiceNow app.  Anyone without access to ServiceNow can complete a paper Health Pass, which is available at the school entrance.

The Health Screening App can be accessed by:

1. Visiting (web-based); or

2. Downloading the app to your phone or tablet: • Visit the Google Play Store or Apple App Store 

In the app: type tdsb in the top field and click Save and Login • Log in with your TDSB email address and password.

For more information about what Toronto Public Health and the TDSB are doing to address Covid-19 in schools, follow this link.