English Montreal School Board
Commission scolaire English-Montréal
EMSB Circle Logo.jpg
6000 Fielding Avenue
Montreal, Quebec
District information
Schools30 Elementary Schools
3 Elementary/Secondary Schools
21 Secondary Schools
7 Social Affairs Schools
11 Adult and Vocational Education Centres[1]
Students and staff
Other information

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB, French: Commission scolaire English-Montréal – CSEM) is one of five public school boards on the island of Montreal.

At 92.4 percent, the English Montreal School Board has the highest rate of students who earn a high school diploma among all public school boards in Quebec. This success rate is considerably higher than the provincewide average of 81.8 percent, and is only slightly lower than the 92.9 percent success rate for private schools.[3]

The EMSB is one of two English-language school boards on the island of Montreal. Its territory consists of 14 of the 19 boroughs of the city of Montreal (Anjou, Montréal-Nord, Outremont, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Léonard, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Sud-Ouest, Ville-Marie, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles) as well as the municipalities of Côte-Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Mont-Royal, Montréal-Est, Montréal-Ouest and Westmount.[4] English-language public education in the western portion of Montreal Island is administered by the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

The Director General of the EMSB is Nick Katalifos,[5] who is the school board's chief administrative officer.

Structurally, the EMSB has two Assistant Director Generals: Jack H. Chadirdjian and Pela Nickoletopoulos. The school board also has three regional directors, who have independent responsibility for oversight of the elementary schools (Demetrios Giannacopoulos), high schools (Nathalie Lacroix-Maillette) and adult education and vocational centres (Angela Spagnolo). The school board also has a secretary-general (Me Nathalie Lauzière), who has a key role in the board's functioning. [6]

EMSB Administration Building
EMSB Administration Building

The Administration Building of the EMSB is located at 6000 Fielding Avenue[7] in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. The building was formerly occupied by the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal (PSBGM).[8]


The Government of Quebec reorganized the province's public school boards in the mid-1990s. School boards in Quebec had been organized along religious confessional lines, Catholic and Protestant, since before Canadian Confederation. The province of Quebec was guaranteed a confessional public school system by the British North America Act, 1867, now known as the Constitution Act, 1867. The provincial government was required to ask the federal government to amend the Canadian Constitution if it were to reorganize school boards along linguistic lines (English and French). The amendment was passed by both the House of Commons and the Senate, notwithstanding the unresolved constitutional debate between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

The EMSB officially began operations on July 1, 1998, after[9] the English sectors of the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal (PSBGM), the Montreal Catholic School Commission (CECM), the Commission scolaire Jérôme-Le Royer and the Commission scolaire Sainte-Croix were amalgamated to form the EMSB.[10]

The political infighting among the board's commissioners has received significant coverage in Montreal's English-language media, most notably the Montreal Gazette. This competition, for the most part, had previously pitted Catholics vs. Protestants. That division has recently become much less significant, however. But the harmonization of the previous boards' administrative policies and the debate over school closings due to declining enrollment have been especially inflammatory. In 2005, both the Montreal Gazette and the French-language tabloid Le Journal de Montréal printed a special series of articles denouncing alleged nepotism and graft in the province's public school boards. The Gazette's investigation focused almost exclusively on the hiring practices of the English Montreal School Board.

Enrollment in the English Montreal School Board's schools and centres continues to decline as it does in most English-language public school boards in Quebec. This is a part of an ongoing decline following the enactment of the Charter of the French Language by the Québec government In 1977.[11][12]

Since the EMSB's creation in 1998, the board has closed 21 schools, most recently 2 elementary schools and 1 high school in 2020. The School Board's chairperson attributes the declining enrolment to Bill 101, families moving to cities with lower home taxes, such as Laval; and the general decline in birth rates.[13]

The EMSB had the highest voter turnout among all school boards in Quebec, with 18%.[14]

In 2019, the EMSB said it would not enforce Bill 21, the Government of Quebec's proposed ban of public servants wearing religious symbols, stating that the board has never received a complaint from a parent or student about a teacher's religious symbol.[15]

Political stands

The EMSB deployed efforts to persuade federal government to challenge the legality of Quebec CAQ government's 2021 Bill 96 for a ruling to the Supreme Court.[16]

Chairs of the English Montreal School Board

Vice-Chairs of the English Montreal School Board

List of EMSB Schools

This school board oversees 33 elementary schools, 16 secondary schools, 8 outreach schools, 7 social affairs institutions and 12 adult and vocational centres, in which over 44,000 students are enrolled.

Elementary schools

Elementary/Secondary Schools

Secondary Schools

Social Affairs Schools

Adult and Vocational Education Centres


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  2. ^ "About Our Board". www.emsb.qc.ca.
  3. ^ Feith, Jesse (September 20, 2019). "EMSB has highest Quebec public school board success rate, new stats show". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  4. ^ "Our Territory". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  5. ^ "Director General". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  6. ^ "Senior Management & Departments". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  7. ^ "Home (English)". English Montreal School Board. Retrieved 2022-09-05. 6000 Fielding Avenue Montreal, QC H3X 1T4
  8. ^ "GAZETTE OFFICIELLE DU QUÉBEC. 14 julliet 1979. Il le année. n° 28" (Archive). p. 7030 (PDF p. 88/172). "The Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal 6000. avenue Fielding Montréal (Que.) H3X 1T4"
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  10. ^ "EMSB Home." Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. April 22, 1999. Retrieved on March 22, 2011.
  11. ^ "Un effet direct de la loi 101". April 2017. Archived from the original on 2022-05-25. Retrieved 2022-07-12.
  12. ^ "DECLINE OF ENROLMENT IN QUEBEC'S ENGLISH-LANGUAGE SCHOOL SECTOR" (PDF). concordia.ca. Retrieved 2022-07-12.
  13. ^ "High-profile candidates compete for EMSB chairperson job". Archived from the original on 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  14. ^ "Registration deadline approaching for school board elections – CBC News". cbc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  15. ^ "School board vows to disregard Quebec bill restricting religious symbols". Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  16. ^ "English Montreal School Board denies Quebec nation sparks Bloc's outrage". Montreal. 2021-09-07. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  17. ^ "Edinburgh". edinburghschool.org. Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  18. ^ "École primaire Hampstead Elementary School". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Académie John Caboto Academy". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  20. ^ "École Pierre de Coubertin School". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  21. ^ "École Royal Vale School". www.royalvale.emsb.qc.ca.
  22. ^ "Lester B. Pearson High School". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Marymount Academy Index". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  24. ^ "École Secondaire Rosemount High School". www.emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Vincent Massey Collegiate". emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ "Westmount High School". emsb.qc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Perspectives II". Emsb.qc.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-01-02.