Students in the Toronto Catholic District School Board will now be required to sing O Canada out loud instead of standing in silence while a pre-recorded version of the national anthem plays.
The school board passed the motion by a 7-3 vote at a meeting on Thursday evening.
The motion was put forward by Ward 11 trustee Angela Kennedy who said the school board’s practice of playing a CD of the anthem over the PA system means students "listen rather than sing” the anthem.
Her motion states that students' failure to sing O Canada has been noticed at school graduations, celebrations, anniversaries and blessings.
“Veterans who have fought for our freedom would appreciate that students sing the words from the heart,” her motion reads.
Singer and Youtube sensation Maria Aragon sings 'O Canada' on Canada Day in 2011.
Canadian singer Melanie Fiona sings 'O Canada' at the 2011 NBA All Star Game.
"O Canada" performed by Mark Donnelly along with the Great Vancouver crowd in GM Place.
Equinox Quartet singing the "O Canada."
Geddy Lee, member of rock band RUSH, sings the anthem for the 1993 All-Star Game.
'O Canada' as sung by the Habs fans at the Bell Centre.
Nikki Yanofsky singing the Canadian Anthem for the Vancouver 2010 opening ceremony.
Anne Murray sings both the American and Canadian national anthems, at a Toronto Blue Jays game on June 5, 1989.
Sarah McLachlan singing the anthem in 1996.
Justin Bieber sings a part of 'O Canada,' on the Lopez Tonight show.
Canadian singer and songerwriter Jann Arden singing O' Canada at the Grey Cup Game in Vancouver on Nov 27, 2011.
Alanis Morissette sings the anthem at the Stanley Cup Playoffs Finals in 2007.
Céline Dion sings 'O Canada' in 1992.
'O Canada' as sung by the Rexall crowd before the Oilers' Stanley Cup playoff game vs. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2006.