A School Service Centre Non Like the Others
Founded in 1967, the Centre de services scolaire du Littoral (CSSL) enjoys a unique geographical location. It stands out a being bilingual and governed by an administrator appointed by the Members of Cabinet.
Firmly anchored from Kegaska to Blanc-Sablon, including Port-Menier (Anticosti Island), our activities take place in 9 English-speaking communities and 4 French-speaking communities. These municipalities, with populations ranging from 100 to 1,000 inhabitants, cover an area of 460 kilometers.
At the Centre de services scolaire du Littoral, we offer educational services in general education at preschool, primary and secondary levels, in addition to literacy and general adult education services. We also offer vocational training programs through agreements with other school service centres or school boards. Our school clientele includes approximately 370 students and our team is made up of around 200 employees.
The mission of the Centre de services scolaire du Littoral is to establish educational institutions in its territory, to support those institutions and to accompany them by procuring access to the goods and services and offering the optimal conditions enabling them to provide students with quality educational services and see to their educational success, so that the population may attain a higher level of knowledge, social development and qualification. (Education Act, section 207.1)
Committed to developing everyone’s full potential together.
- Engagement: Centered on a shared vision, engagement refers to perseverance and the pleasure of exceeding our limits on a daily basis.
- Collaboration: Collaboration is being open to sharing and working together to develop our full potential.
- Innovation: Innovation means adapting to the particularities of our environment with kindness and creativity.
On April 14, 1967, the National Assembly of the Province of Québec sanctioned Bill 41, instituting the “Commission scolaire de la Côte-Nord du Golfe St-Laurent”. This school board, directed by an administrator, would become responsible for education in fifteen communities. These communities spread out from Kegaska to Blanc Sablon, a territory of 460 kilometres (285 miles) that is not connected to the Québec Provincial road network. Bill 41, created the first “unified” school board in the Province of Québec, serving a French, English, and Native population of Catholic and Protestant religion and giving courses from Kindergarten to Secondary inclusively.
On June 18, 1975, the name of the Commission scolaire de la Côte-Nord du Golfe St-Laurent was changed by order in council for the Commission scolaire du Littoral. Prior to the creation of the district, multiple school districts from various religious orders controlled the area, and none of them offered senior high school education.
The territory of Anticosti Island was added to the Commission scolaire du Littoral with Bill 48 which was passed on June 18, 1976.
Following inter-governmental agreements, the Natives acquired their school autonomy on the St. Augustine River Reservation on July 1, 1990, and on the La Romaine Reserve on July 1, 1991. However, the school board maintained services in these two communities so as to serve the non-Indian population.
Moreover, the Commission scolaire du Littoral is characterized by the fact that it is not classified as a linguistic school board.
Finally, the name Littoral School Board was changed on June 15, 2020 to Centre services scolaire du Littoral.