Information in the menus below was updated in October 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

Past activities and achievements

  • 2019 June: Jamie Anderson (University of Calgary) presented a paper titled “Absenteeism as activism: When LGBTQ2S+ youth skip gym class” at the 2019 Canadian Society for the Study of Education
  • 2019 June: Anton Birioukov-Brant (University of Ottawa) and Kiera Brant-Birioukov (University of British Columbia) presented a paper titled “Navigating the ethical dilemmas inherent in enforcing compulsory attendance policies” at the 2019 Canadian Society for the Study of Education.
  • 2019 April: publication on absenteeism:Muhajarine, N., McRae, D., & Soltanifar, M. (2019). Aboriginal status and neighborhood income inequality moderate the relationship between school absenteeism and early childhood development. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, 1347-1362.
  • 2019 June: The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services held its second annual conference.
  • 2019 January: the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released a report on student absenteeism in Newfoundland & Labrador. 
  • 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. 

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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