Schooling in Canada

Introduction to the Canadian education system: understand what to expect from it...

Education in Canada is compulsory for children from six years old to at least 16 years old in the majority of Canadian provinces. In some provinces compulsory schooling starts at age five and in others it finishes at age 18. Public education is free and predominately co-educational. Private, fee-paying education is also available.

Overview of the Canadian education system

Generally, the standard of education in Canada is high with each education system being the responsibility of the provincial education ministry or education department. Because education is the responsibility of the separate provinces and territories, there are 13 different education systems, with many similarities but also some differences. Schooling is provided free to all children for 11 to 12 years.

For links to the relevant province/territorial Education Departments, see below: