Information in the menus below was updated in March 2019. To contribute information that may be of interest to others in your country, please contact your country’s host: Anton Birioukov-Brant ( As the International Network for School Attendance grows, materials will be added to your country’s webpage. 

People, groups, and organizations

Not for profit

  • The Pathways to Education is a national organization that aims to increase graduation rates in low socioeconomic communities throughout Canada. Although their primary focus is on dropout prevention, the group does extensive work to decrease absenteeism.
  • Anxiety Canada is an organization that is focused on alleviating and helping individuals cope with anxiety related issues.
  • The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services is an organization that involves provincial attendance counselors who work with students with high levels of absenteeism.

Current and upcoming activities and achievements

  • 2019 June: The Canadian Society for the Study of Education will be holding its annual conference at the University of British Columbia. Some presentations will be concerned with attendance related issues.
  • 2019 June: Anton Birioukov-Brant and Kiera Brant-Birioukov will present a paper titled “Navigating the ethical dilemmas inherent in enforcing compulsory attendance policies” at the 2019 Canadian Society for the Study of Education.
  • 2019 January: The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released a report on student absenteeism in Newfoundland & Labrador.
  • 2019: The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services will be holding its second annual conference.

Past activities and achievements

  • 2018 November: Dr. Jay Beck had a presentation titled “Mental Health Issues in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Helping Children & Adolescents” at the Edmonton Educator’s Conference.
  • 2018 November: Lynn Lyons gave a two day workshop titled “Managing Anxiety at Home and at School” in Saskatoon. The workshop was designed to lessen anxiety in children who refuse to go to school.
  • 2018 November: The Neufeld Institute held a conference titled “Resilience, Recovery & relationship: Towards Flourishing Children & Youth” that was concerned with developing resilience in young people.
  • 2018 November: The Mood Disorders Society of Canada hosted the third annual Canadian Educators Conference on Mental Health. Some of the topics included in the conference dealt with school-based anxiety.
  • 2018 June: the Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services held its first annual conference.
  • 2017 September: The Nova Scotia Ministry of Education released its new attendance policy.

Helpful links and other resources

Disclaimer: INSA’s Mission encourages us to disseminate as much readily available information as possible, without judgement. The sharing of this information should not be seen as an endorsement by INSA. People, groups, and organisations are separated into ‘for profit’ (fees are charged for services) and ‘not for profit’ (including charities, who may charge no fees or nominal fees for services). Please access and use this information with proper judgement.

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