About Western Québec

Map of Western Québec showing all municipalities in which the board has schools

Western Québec is an English school board dedicated to developing lifelong learners who contribute to society and are prepared for their future. All teachers and staff are committed to academic excellence and the provision of quality education which encourages social, emotional and moral development. Western Québec respects and promotes the rights and responsibilities of every individual while maintaining a student-centred, safe and healthy learning environment. Parents and communities are valued as collaborative partners in enriching programs and achieving goals.

Western Québec’s 31 schools and centres provide English-language education to eligible students over an immense and diverse territory which covers the Outaouais, Pontiac and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions. Cultural differences are valued and celebrated within our student population through French-Immersion programs, First Nations events and student initiatives and activities.

Image: Map of the Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions (referred together as Western Quebec) showing the municipalities in which our school board has schools. Fun fact: Our territorry is approximately twice the size of Nova Scotia!

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Meet the Director General Mike Dubeau

Photo of Director General Mike Dubeau chatting with Principal Picard and then-Minister of Justice Stéphanie Vallée

I am very proud to be the Director General of the Western Québec School Board.

Western Québec has a unique landscape that spans a very large territory. Although this is a challenge, the staff is nonetheless motivated to foster a conducive learning environment for our students. Western Québec is truly a reflection of its staff’s commitment towards collaborative success and, more importantly, a demonstration that they are respectful individuals working together within caring communities.

I have been part of the team here for 24 years, beginning as a teacher in 1993 and steadily making my way to Director General. Evidently, my goal is to continue to align our educational and administrative priorities towards our targets set in our Partnership Agreement with the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

I look forward to growing in this position while ensuring that our common objective is met: that all students, no matter where they live or where they are from, have access to quality education, leading ultimately to their success!


Image of Mike Dubeau's signature
Mike Dubeau

Image: Mike Dubeau alongside Principal Debbie Picard, chatting with then-Minister of Justice Stéphanie Vallée (2018).

About School Boards and School Services Centres in Quebec

A school board is a public institution represented by elected commissioners. Its primary function is to ensure that the persons who come under its jurisdiction are provided the educational services to which they are entitled under the Education Act. Western Québec’s mission is to support its schools and centres in their effort to educate all students within a safe, caring and inclusive learning community.

French-language school boards in Quebec were abolished in 2020 and replaced by school services centres, more widely known as centres de services scolaires. For legal reasons however, English-language school boards continue to be directed by Councils of Commissioners who are elected by their local populations.

Our Story in Short

Traditionally, Québec’s school boards were divided by language and religion. Our story begins in 1998 however, when the Government introduced a new educational framework by deciding to omit religion from public educational institutions. This changed jurisdictions and territories of school boards across the province. English schools and adult education centres in the Outaouais, Pontiac and Abitibi regions joined the Western Québec community. Today, its territory is approximately twice the size of Nova Scotia.

As of school year 2017-2018, the board of commissioners unanimously approved the adoption of a new logo for the Western Québec School Board. This simple and modern logo consists of 3 Ws and is meant to represent the people we serve and the values we hold.

School Board logo

The 3 Ws represent the 3 levels of education Western Québec offers – primary, secondary and adult. The letters are interconnected, signifying progress, continuity and teamwork. It is also meant to represent a partnership of parents, students and schools. Because of its simplistic design, different people will see different things, like an open book or the rooftops of schools.

Western Québec will phase it in gradually in order to minimize the cost of rebranding. The original logo will still appear around our schools and on different documents.

While you may still see the original logo around, staff and partners are asked to switch to the new logo where and when it is possible to do so at no added cost.

For any questions on logo and branding, email our communications consultant.