The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board believes that, "from a Catholic perspective, the purpose of education is not only the transmission of knowledge, but also the formation of the whole person of the students through bringing them to the personal integration of faith and life. Catholic schools are responsible for imparting Christian doctrine in an organic and systematic way, in order to initiate students into the fullness of Christian life and to elicit in response a personal commitment to that way of life".

It is, therefore, the policy of the Board that enrolment in a Catholic secondary school operated by the Board requires participation in Religious Education programmes and courses. At the secondary level, every student is required to include the appropriate Religious Education programme/course while enrolled in a Catholic secondary school operated by the Board (subject to s.136(o) of the Education Act, R.S.O. 1980, c.129, as amended).

At the secondary level, the religious instruction program, Grade 9 through Grade 12, shall be 110 hours per academic year.