All children in Canada receive an education

In Canada, the government provides an education for every child free of charge. Public education is paid for through taxes and is administered by the provinces and territories in cooperation with local school boards.

Depending on the province or territory, public education begins at age four or five. Children must continue to receive an education until age 15 or 16, according to the law in the province or territory in which the child lives.

You can help your children learn by being aware of how education in Canada works.

For more information about Canada’s education system, visit the Ministry of Education website for the province or territory in which you live.

Education is important for success

In Canada, great value is placed on the education of children. Many people in Canada receive a post-secondary education, which is the education a person receives after they graduate from high school.

A more educated population is likely to create greater economic success for a country than a less educated population. Also, studies have shown that the more education a person receives, the more money that person is likely to make through his or her career.

You can help your children become educated by being aware of how education in Canada works.

Get some important tips on how you can prepare your child for their education in Canada.

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