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Ontario’s education system


In Ontario, public elementary and secondary schools are free of charge.  

You can visit the Ontario Ministry of Education website for information about the education system in this province. You will learn about Ontario’s preschool, early learning, elementary and secondary education. This website also has information about postsecondary and adult learning opportunities in Ontario.

Many settlement agencies deliver the Settlement Workers in Schools program in partnership with school boards to help newcomer students and their families transition into Ontario schools and the local community.   

Download Newcomers' Guides to Elementary and Secondary Schools. These were developed by the Settlement Workers in Schools program. They explain Ontario’s school system and other important education-related topics. They are available in 18 languages.