The Canadian School System

One of the most important considerations when moving to another place is the educational system. Not only is a good school system important for parents looking to educate their children, but also for a healthy and bustling economy.

One of the places with a good educational system is Canada.

From kindergarten to post-secondary schooling, it has a lot of benefits to offer through their school system. Read on to learn more about education in Canada and how it is unique.



Basic setup of Canada’s school system

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Canadian educational system is the fact that provinces have the Constitutional right to exclusive jurisdiction over their education.

As a result, the country has a total of 13 educational systems. These school systems have a number of similarities and differences from each other. Before entering into grade school, children normally go to kindergarten when they are four or five years old.

Secondary education starts at grade one and, depending on the province, end at grade 11, 12, or 13. Post-secondary education is optional from then on. Quebec has a unique system called “Cegep” studies, which is for college-level general and vocational studies.

More unique facts about Canada’s educational system





Another unique thing about Canadian education is the public school system. Basically, one public school services one region.

Children who live in a certain region normally go to the regional public school. In some cases, the children can attend schools outside of their region, depending on the subjects that a school specializes in.

Like other countries, the private schools in Canada are usually populated with students from outside of the region or outside of the country. Despite the fact that there are numerous educational systems in Canada, the main goal of these school systems is singular–to help develop educated citizens who are self-sufficient and able to contribute positively to the society around them.