Schooling in Canada


Education in Canada is, for the most part, partitioned into primary education, then secondary education and tertiary. Inside the regions under the ministry of education, there are region school boards regulating educational programs. Education is mandatory up to the age of 16 in each province in Canada, aside from Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick, where the obligatory age is 18, or when a secondary school diploma has been accomplished. Like most education programs, in Canada schooling starts in kindergarten at age five, or grade one at age six. After finishing high school and obtaining a diploma, students may then go ahead on to tertiary studies.

Tertiary Education in Canada

Canada homes some of the best educational institutions in the world. The government gives the greater part of subsidizing to their public post-secondary institutions, with the rest of financing originating from educational cost expenses, the national government, and research grants. Contrasted with other countries, Canada has had the most elevated tertiary school enrollment at a rate of their graduating population. In Quebec, tertiary education begins with college after graduation in grade 11.



On a large scale, tuition fees in Canada are less expensive compared to other major English-speaking destinations. Though costs differ from province to province, if your children are to attend a public school their fees are covered by the government. Private schools can range from CAD $4 000 annually all the way to CAD $40 000 per year, whereas tertiary fees start on average at CAD $14 000 per year.

School Times

Canadian schools typically have 190 school days in the year, with Quebec having 180 days. The school year runs from the beginning of September (after Labor Day) to the end of June. In British Columbia secondary schools, there are 172 school days in a school year. The school day in grade schools is normally from 8.30 am to 3 or 3.30 pm, with an hour for lunch. In secondary schools, hours are generally from 8.30 am until 2.30 pm. Extracurricular exercises and sports are planned after school hours.


In order to register your child for school, you’ll need the following:

  • A birth certificate or passport as proof of your child’s age.
  • Proof of address, a bank statement or electricity bill with your name and address on it.
  • Proof of guardianship, mandatory if your child is under the age of 18 years
  • Proof of immigration status; birth certificate, passport, PR card or confirmation of PR or immunization record.
Upon arrival, your child will be put into the suitable grade for his/her age, however, this will likewise be subject to your kid's underlying appraisal. There are community services that can help you with enlisting your child/children.