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The Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO) provides immediate assistance to impoverished children and their families through the Emergency Response Fund. This assistance includes the provision of EpiPens, medical supplies, food and clothing, transportation, and many other financial needs resulting from family crises. School Principals make written requests to CEFO on behalf of students in need in their respective schools. CEFO has budgeted $200,000 for the allocation of emergency response funds for the current school year.

School Principals are asked to complete an Emergency Response Fund request Form to apply for assistance under this provision. This succinct form requires a brief description of the child’s need, amount requested, and name of the school and the date of request. Neither the name of the child in question nor approval by the Superintendent is required. 

The maximum amount for each request is $250 per child attending one of our schools. Requests for more than this amount will be considered in extenuating circumstances.

School Principals can request funds for multiple children attending Ottawa Catholic School Board schools. whether they all attend his/her respective school or not (i.e. three children in the OCSB with two at the requesting Principal’s school). The Principal can request up to a maximum of $750 for the family. Please reference all schools involved when completing the Emergency Response Fund Request Form.

There is no limit to the number of requests that can be made annually by each school nor is there a limit to the number of requests that can be made on behalf of a particular student and/or family. A request can be made of both CEFO and the Principal/Vice-Principal Children in Need Fund for the same student as long as the request is not for one and the same funds. 

Process for School Principals

The Emergency Response Fund Request Form is located within the Ottawa Catholic School Board's internal portal:

Download the Request Form

Completed request forms are to be forwarded to:

Attention: Stephanie Dunne
Executive Assistant to the Director of Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board

Fax: 613-228-4158

Upon consultation with Denise Andre, President of CEFO, approval will be granted or denied.

Once approved, a cheque will be issued in the name of the school. Receipts for services/items outlined in the request must be forwarded to the Finance Department as soon as they are secured. Any funds not utilized must be returned in the form of a cheque addressed to CEFO.