Levels of study
Elementary school in Canada
The child can come with any one of the parents or parents can choose to have one local legal guarding or custodian for the child who is less than 17 years of age.
Children in Canada attend elementary or primary school for the first 8 grades of school, except Quebec, which has only 6 grades. School starts with kindergarten at ages 4 or 5, and children move onto high school after completing elementary or primary school.
Canada ranks 3rd among the world’s wealthiest countries in terms of the quality of education. Our greatest strengths lie in delivering excellent learning programs at the elementary and secondary school levels in reading, math and science (Education and Skills Report Card, Conference Board of Canada, 2014).
Many Canadian public schools now accept international students into their programs. Publicly-funded primary schools are managed at the local level by elected school boards, which deliver a standard curriculum or program of study. Almost all public schools have male and female students in the same classes. They offer day programs only. In most parts of Canada, international students can choose to study in English, French or both languages.
Also known as secondary school, high school runs from grades 9 to 12 in most Canadian provinces and territories, except Quebec, which starts in grade 7 and ends in grade 11. After successfully completing high school at age 17 or 18, students can go on to college or university. Age of Majority is 18 in most of the provinces and territories and in some provinces 19 years.
High school students must attend school until age 16 or 18, depending on the province or territory.
You’re now ready to decide on your education pathway and the route you’re going to take to your future career. Your post-secondary options in Canada include:
• Diploma (2 to 3 years) pre-requisite: high school diploma
Canadian college programs are offered on a full-time or part-time basis, both in-person and online via distance education. Programs vary in length from a few months to 4 years. When you study in Canada, you can also complete your studies in English or French.
Colleges and vocational schools in Canada
By choosing to study at a Canadian college or vocational school, you’re choosing a career-oriented experience that’s in tune with the changing global market. By studying in Canada you’ll gain world-class experience, complete with endless opportunities to advance your knowledge and your skills.
By attending a Canadian college, you can earn a certificate, diploma or post-graduate diploma. You can also take university transfer programs, apprenticeship programs, or complete academic and applied degrees.
• Bachelor’s degree (3 years) pre-requisite: high school diploma
• Bachelor’s with Honours (4 years) pre-requisite: high school diploma
• Master’s degree (1 to 2 years) pre-requisite: Bachelor’s degree
• Ph.D. or doctoral studies (3 to 5 years) pre-requisite: Master’s degree
College or university
• Certificate (1 to 2 years) pre-requisite: high school + other requirements depending on the program
• Professional degree (3 years) pre-requisite: high school + other requirements depending on the program