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April 16th, 2008, 10:05 PM
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I think that I would like to home school eventually. My question is, how does it work in Canada? Do we have to register beforehand? With whom? I could probably find out this info at the library but I thought I would ask here first since I have a few years to go before making a decision I'm just starting my research

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April 16th, 2008, 10:26 PM
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When we lived in Ontario, my parents were very closely monitored by the local superintendent of public schools, but that was a while ago now (19 years since kindergarten, 17 years since we moved from there). hslda.ca is the Canadian HSLDA website where they have some of the legal side of things. The homeschool group my family has interacted with most in Ontario in the past ten years is OCHEC (a Christian organization), which I think is in the Toronto area/GTA/Southern Ontario... not sure how far they actually cover. Their site is ochec.org. And, another site that looks pretty helpful is ontariohomeschool.org.

I'm pretty sure that the school board is to be made aware in every province that the child is present in the school district, and will be educated in a location other than their local public school, but I'm not sure what all is required in Ontario. Sorry, I've lived in the Maritime/Atlantic provinces since I was seven! In P.E.I. parents must submit notice every year with a general outline of curriculum. In New Brunswick, the school board just has to know the kids exist. In Nova Scotia, they require notice and proof of progress... so basically, just like the U.S., there are completely different laws in different provinces! You can choose to use the public school program or whatever you choose in pretty well every province (except P.E.I. where if you homeschool you're on your own). Hopefully some of that helps!
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April 17th, 2008, 05:41 AM
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Welcome! I'm not in Canada and don't know about their laws, but it looks like you've been pointed in the right direction

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April 17th, 2008, 11:36 AM
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Hi and

I'm not sure of the laws in Canada either. It looks like you have a great place to start.

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May 13th, 2008, 02:49 PM
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Welcome! Feel free to stick around and post away with us. Go ahead and put your views out there!
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May 13th, 2008, 09:43 PM
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I think every province is different so you would have to look up Ontario laws. Here in Manitoba we just have to send in a registration form to the Minister of Education at the beginning of September. Then we send in January and June progress reports and that's it.
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May 14th, 2008, 04:23 PM
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