All Children in Canada Receive an Education

In Canada, the government provides an education for every child free of charge. Public education is paid for through taxes and is administered by the provinces and territories in cooperation with local school boards.

Depending on the province or territory, public education begins at age four or five. Children must continue to receive an education until age 15 or 16, according to the law in the province or territory in which the child lives.

You can help your children learn by being aware of how education in Canada works. For more information about Canada’s education system, visit the Ministry of Education website (www.cmec.ca) for the province or territory in which you live.

Education is Important for Success 

In Canada, great value is placed on the education of children. Many people in Canada receive a post-secondary education, which is the education a person receives after they graduate from high school.

A more educated population is likely to create greater economic success for a country than a less educated population. Also, studies have shown that the more education a person receives, the more money that person is likely to make through his or her career. You can help your children become educated by being aware of how education in Canada works.

Get some important tips on how you can prepare your child for their education in Canada.

Adult Education is Common in Canada

Learning is a lifelong activity in Canada and many Canadians continue to study as adults. You may wish to use adult education to train for a new job or to improve the skills you already have. You may also wish to apprentice for a trade. The qualifications for many trades are different from province to province and you must get a licence before you can practice. Some Canadian schools will not give credit for a course or diploma obtained outside Canada.

You can look up professional or trade associations in the province or territory where you live to find information about qualifications and adult education options. For more information about adult education, contact your local school board, college or university.

Financial Support for Adult Education

While new immigrant language training is provided at no cost, adult learning usually involves tuition fees. However, student loans are available through financial institutions, the Government of Canada and provincial and territorial governments. Applications are available at most post-secondary institutions.

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada


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