Canadian Education System

Canadian Education System

The Canadian education system is made up of publicly-funded and private schools. Under the Canadian constitution, education is a provincial responsibility. Thus, there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, standards across the country are uniformly high.

The following sections provide an overview of the Canadian education system.

  • Universities
  • University Colleges
  • Community Colleges
  • Career Colleges
  • Language Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools

In general, Canadian children attend kindergarten for one or two years at the age of four or five on a voluntary basis. All children begin Grade One at about six years of age. The school year normally runs from September through the following June but in some instances, January intake dates are possible. Secondary schools go up to Grades 11, 12 or 13, depending on the province. From there, students may attend university, college or Cégep studies

Cégep is a French acronym for College of General and Vocational Education, and is two years of general or three years of technical education between high school and university. Currently, the Cégep system is used only by the province of Québec.

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