1874 Industrial Schools Act Passed in Ontario

  • Plan of the Village of Mimico

    Developing Good Character

    While the Industrial Schools Act was passed in 1874, it would be 13 years before the first industrial school in Ontario, the Victoria Industrial School for Boys, would open in Mimico, near Toronto. Five years later, the Alexandra Industrial School for Girls opened in Toronto. By 1894, almost 200 children were housed in Ontario Industrial Schools. The schools’ common mission: an emphasis on child rescue, character development, moral and academic education and vocational training.

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    Simple plan drawing of a small village.