More than 90,000 students come to study in Canada every year and even more come to Canada to learn English or French. Foreign students bring a rich culture to Canadian classrooms. For more detailed information on living and studying in a specific province or territory, contact us.
Parsis Educational Services helps students get admission to Canadian Schools, Colleges and Universities. Please read our FAQs before contacting us for this service.
Canadian Education Overview
In Canada, the provinces and territories have jurisdiction over education. The provincial governments via the department of education regulate the education system of each province. The department controls smaller bodies based on school districts called ‘boards of education’ which oversee the separate schools. Regardless of the differences between the educational systems of the 10 provinces and three territories, the quality and standards observed are equally high throughout the country.
In general, education in Canada comprises of three levels: primary, secondary and post-secondary. Children typically enter kindergarten (or its equivalent) at the age of 5 or 6 but there are significant differences between provinces. For instance, the kindergartens in Ontario are two-leveled while kindergartens are not a part of the Prince Edward Island's educational system. In some of the provinces, primary school includes grades 1 (6 and 7 years of age) through 6, followed by 2-year middle school or junior high school. In other provinces, primary education covers up to grade 8.
Secondary school, widely known as high school, usually includes grades 9 to 11 or 12. However, in the province of Quebec, this level covers grades 9 through 11, and then students attend CEGEP (College of General and Vocational Education) for two years of general or three years of technical education before attending university. Education is compulsory up to the age of 16 or 18 (in Ontario and New Brunswick). Canadian students have about 190 school days in the year, which generally starts in September and finishes in June.
Post-secondary institutions include: community college, vocational schools, grad school and university establishments. Most of them - universities in particular - grant academic credentials, such as diplomas and degrees (bachelor's, master's or doctorate). The rest grant diplomas and certificates. However, there are colleges, which grant art degrees that are equivalent to those obtained from the universities.
The Canadian education system comprises of both public and private schools. All public schools are funded by the government and attendance is free. The students in private schools have to pay tuition. Most students go to public schools while those attending private institutions are approximately 8 percent.
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To be eligible to study in Canada
- You must have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada.
- You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate.
- You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.
- You must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay.
- You must prove that you have enough money to pay for your:
- Tuition fees
- Living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and
- Return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
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