the increase in homeschooling and began
to put legislation in place to define it.
While it is legal to homeschool in every
Province and Territory of Canada, each
Province or Territory has its own regulations. There is a wide range of Provincial
regulations. Some provide Provincial funding, but most do not provide any funding.
Some require a lot of School Board oversight and some require no reporting at all.
Ana Willis, homeschooling mom from
P.E.I. who recently moved to B.C. with her
family states, “In P.E.I. we only had to sub-
mit a letter of intention to homeschool—and
that was it! We could use whatever curricu-
lum we wanted and homeschool whatever
way and pace we wanted . . . we’re enrolled
here in B.C. There are many pros and cons.
The pros are the funding, curriculum library
available, once-a-week free community
classes . . . and a wonderful teacher adviser
to support you. The cons are deadlines and
B.C.’s learning outcome requirements that
add so much pressure on my shoulders!”
Sarah Wall, homeschool mom in Ontario
says, “Quebec has some of the most restric-
tive homeschool laws in Canada. There are
active court cases against homeschoolers
there, and the government is attempting
to discourage, or at least tightly control,
homeschooling. But there are several fami-
lies who still homeschool there, so it is pos-
sible. Many do so under the radar.”
My home Province of Ontario does not
require you to submit a letter of Intent to
Homeschool to your local school board
unless you are removing a previously en-
rolled student. There is no requirement to
submit to oversight from your local school
or board. There is some provision for
part-time enrollment but most school offi-
cials discourage it.
If you live in Canada and are considering homeschooling your children, we invite
you to come join the incredible numbers of
homeschoolers here and find support!
Michelle is a Canadian homeschooling mom
to four great kids including two on the autism spectrum, one of whom is the owner
of Novelty Trades.ca. She also has two adorable granddaughters. They have been homeschooling for 20 years. Michelle is the Marketing Assistant, Canadian Division, for The
Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.
1. The Canadian Encyclopedia, History of Education
in Canada, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.
2. Wendy Priesnitz, A History of the Modern Canadian Homeschooling/Unschooling Movement
3. Page iv Home Schooling in Canada: The Current
If you live in Canada
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and are considering
children, we invite
you to come join the
incredible numbers of
homeschoolers here and