Education System in Canada


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
PrimaryElementary166126 
PrimaryAlberta Elementary School166126 
PrimaryBritish Columbia Elementary School166126 
PrimaryManitoba Elementary School 166126 
PrimaryNew Brunswick Elementary School156115 
PrimaryNewfoundland and Labrador Elementary School166125 
PrimaryNorthwest Territories Elementary School166126 
PrimaryNova Scotia Elementary School166126 
PrimaryOntario Elementary School156115 
PrimaryPEI Elementary School166126 
PrimaryQuebec Elementary School166126 
PrimarySaskatchewan Elementary School156115 
PrimaryYukon Elementary School176137 
MiddleIntermediate - Middle School7912153 
MiddleAlberta Junior High School7912153 
MiddleBritish Columbia Junior High School7912153 
SecondaryHigh School - Secondary School101215183 
VocationalVocational Technical Programs      
Tertiary2 Year Pre-University Program    2typically Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Arts
TertiaryThree Year Professional Program    3Paralegal, Dental Hygienist, Nursing, etc
TertiaryUndergraduate      
TertiaryBachelor's Degree1316  33 - 4 year program
TertiaryMaster's Degree1618  11 -2 year programs
TertiaryDoctorate    3 

Primary Education

Education in Canada is both privately and publicly funded, and parents and children can choose the schools that they prefer. Moderating is done by provinces and, although approaches may vary in nuance, standards are universally high. Young children often spend 1 - 2 years voluntarily in kindergarten. From age 6 they enroll for 6 years of compulsory primary school education.

Secondary Education

There is no distinction between middle and high school. Most Canadian youngsters complete their school education through to grade 12, where after they may proceed on to vocational or tertiary studies. The Canadian academic year runs from September through to June, although in some cases January admissions are allowed.

Vocational Education

Following secondary school, students with a practical take on life prefer to continue with vocational education. Offerings range from individual courses through to technician and artisan training that takes 2 to 3 years..

Tertiary Education

Canada EducationCanada is justifiably proud of its universities and colleges. There is no formal ranking system though, and choices are often based on geographic convenience and the reputation of a particular course.

Of the 36 universities in Canada, 8 are privately funded and 1 (Montreal) uses French as the medium of instruction. Student from all over the world come to Canada for their tertiary education, and Canadian degrees are recognized everywhere.


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