Children Education in Canada and improving your own education skills
So, continuing in my series; today, I would share my views on Children education in Canada. Here, the law says all children from 6 to 16 years old must go to school. But most children begin school in kindergarten class when they are 4 or 5 years old. After one or two years in kindergarten they go to grade 1. Kindergarten to grade 8 is called elementary school. Grade 9 to grade 12 is called secondary school or high school.
You must register your children at the local school or school board. Call the local school board to find the location of the nearest school and how to register your child. Children who are old enough to go to high school may want to find out about special programs at some schools before they choose where to go.
You can ask about these at your local school or school board.
Most children in Ontario attend public schools. There is also a separate public system of Catholic schools. Different local school boards manage the schools in each system. The school board can tell you the names of the schools that your child can attend.
The immigration status of children or their parents or legal guardian does not stop the children from attending school. If you have problems enrolling a child because of immigration status, contact your local Community Legal Clinic for help.
The school year begins the day after Labor Day in September and finishes at the end of June. Each school board makes its own decisions about allowing children to start school part way through the year.
You may also want to take courses or find a program of study that relates to your career. You may also want to improve your English skills. As a new immigrant, it is very important for you to be able to communicate easily in English. It will help you to find work and settle more quickly in Ontario.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is a free language instruction program for new immigrants to Canada.
To get into the LINC program you must:
• be a Permanent Resident of Canada (Landed Immigrant) or Convention
• or be a newcomer who is allowed to remain in Canada, to whom CIC plans
to give permanent resident status, and who is not yet a Canadian citizen
• be older than school-leaving age (an adult 17 years of age or older)
• get your language ability tested at a Language Assessment Centre.
Some LINC classes have child care services.
LINC classes are offered across Ontario at:
• community colleges
• immigrant settlement agencies
• community organizations
Registering for LINC
To register for LINC classes, you must go to a LINC Assessment Centre. The LINC
Assessment Centre will test your language level and help you register with a LINC school.
Staff at the centre will test you in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The test may take between one and three hours. The higher your language level, the longer the test takes.
The centre will help you register for the right class. Call a settlement agency or a
Community Information Centre and ask where the nearest LINC Assessment Centre is.
You need to call the Assessment Centre to make an appointment.