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16 Responses to Protecting Your Family: Homeschooling Law in Canada

  1. Amy McCarty

    This article is really important to me as I might someday need it. I am in Canada and have not yet decided if I will homeschool or not. One of the big things holding me back in we are a 2 income family and I would have no idea how to work around my job. :S Something I guess I have to figure out. Thank you for this though. 🙂

  2. Tracey

    We are a homeschooling family of 6 living in nys. Near buffalo and heavily considering relocating to Canada. Thank you for this post. Any advise u may have would be greatly appreciated. Here in ny we have to submit a host of paperwork. Beginning of the school year ihips (individual home instruction plans) 4 quarterly reports and an end of year assessment. This year at least one of my girls has to take ny standardized tests. I’m concerned but not thrown. Thanks so much for great info.

  3. Tamara Hatcher

    This is a huge help! We are a homeschool family with 3 children, we have homeschooled for 6 years now. We live in Georgia but are heavily considering relocating to Canada!

  4. carrie

    We are a Canadian family looking to enrich our children’s lives by traveling the world more and would like to home school our children to allow us to do this. Does anyone know if we can do that?

    • Mary

      You certainly can! We support home schoolers around the world and provide programs for them if they are traveling, in sports, the arts, etc.

      • Mary am

        Please someone help me! I am in Canada, Ontario and the school distract board is telling me it is illegal for me to homeschool my 3rd grade daughter. I always sent the intent form and now this woman I spoke to says, it is illegal.

  5. Bev

    Hi I will be relocating to Canada next summer and thinking of homeschooling my son who will be starting HS next year any resources for High School home considering home school?
    thank you

    • Heather  

      Many parents home school their students through high school. It is not the most chosen path, but it certainly can be done. Check out the various provincial conventions held in the spring – and make contact with the vendors and other home school high school students and graduates. To which province are you thinking of relocating?

    • Heather Zwart  

      There are many, many resources for homeschooling highschool – plenty of curriculum suppliers, correspondence, long distance and virtual learning sites, highschool co-ops run by parents, provincial vocal/instrumental/debate/quizzing groups (Ontario – not sure about the other provinces). OCHEC (ochec.org) provides a way of connecting with home schoolers and home school chapters in Ontario, as do other provincial support groups for their provinces. The Learning House runs Homeschooling through high school seminars in Ontario.

  6. lynsey mcculloch

    Hi I’m going to be moving to Canada in March with my 14 yr old son but will be just a visitor for six months or until my Canadian partner can sponsor us so was wondering if I could home school

  7. Celia Marie

    We intend to relocate to Canada late this year. I have three daughters homeschooled for almost three years now. Are there other requirements we need to prepare to get an approval from the superintendent of education.

    • Heather Zwart  

      Each province has its own laws, regulations and policies regarding home education. By going to the appropriate provincial website you may find the information you are looking for.

  8. Katie

    I am intrested in homeschooling my kids and I was wondering if I need a registration of some sort for it to be legal.

    • Heather Zwart  

      Could you please provide some background ? Are they currently enrolled in a public school? Which province are you in ?The paperwork required differs from province to province.

  9. Rebecca

    This article is extremely helpful to me as it confirms what I had been saying about my right to home school my children. Since October of 2014 I had been told by the Ministry of Children and Family Services that I had NO right to home school my children and I had been stating that I do. I thank you for this article.

  10. Sarah

    hi, just stumbled across this, we homeschool our children and live near Canada in NYS, we hope to relocate there within three years and this post provided a lot of reassurance that the way we do things here can carry over to our life there. I will love to read more of your posts.