Education System of Canada, and Everything You Need to Know About It

To understand the Canadian Education System, first, we must look at how it works. If you’re interested in making your child a temporary resident in Canada for their education, then you’re in the right place. You can follow their education program by having a comprehensive understanding of the country’s basic education properties.

The Canadian Education System does not have a federal system responsible for schools across the country. Each province is directly accountable for schools, and there are separate boards that take up the duty of making sure that everything is in order. There is no fixed set of rules for all schools, and they differ from province to province.

The public education system in Canada allows children of permanent and temporary inhabitants admission to their schools. However, the admission of temporary residents’ children depends upon the kind of work permit they have. It also rests on the duration of their visa to stay in the country.

Can my child study in Canada as a temporary resident?

Yes, your child can study in Canada as a temporary resident. However, because they would be a temporary resident of the country, they need a permit to be part of the public education system in Canada. As we saw earlier, the rules and regulations for schools change from province to province.

For example, in British Columbia, children can study at public schools for free if their parents are registered at a public or private school for various courses like a diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, or Doctorate. Remember that this is only applicable if the parents are part of a school within the province.

Children can also benefit from a free public school education if their parents have a study permit for twelve months. Parents who have already been accepted in a pathway course can admit their students to public schools in the province.

In Ontario, children of temporary residents can study at public schools even if the parents are only enlisted for a certificate course at a public or private school.

The verdict of your child’s acceptance to the school is entirely in the hands of the school board of the respective province. Whether your child can study in Canada as a temporary resident for free or not is also decided by the school board.

If your child is not eligible for free education in public schools, then you have the option of paying their tuition. You can also enroll your child at a private school in the province.

Now that you’ve understood what entails the public education system in Canada, let’s take a look at their schooling structure.

Elementary School

The elementary school enrolls students of four or five years old to twelve years old. Hence, from pre-kindergarten to the seventh grade.

Secondary School

The secondary school system is for students between thirteen to seventeen years old. Therefore, from eighth grade to the twelfth grade.

Several provinces have Middle School, which is for sixth to eighth-grade students.

If you would like to send your child to Canada for a temporary school education abroad, they need to be at least fifteen years old.

Education Cost

As you may know by now, if your child is not eligible for free education, then you can pay for their tuition. The annual cost of education in Canada ranges from CAD 17,000 to CAD 27,000.

To make a more comprehensive plan for your child’s education in Canada, please contact me.