As a newcomer coming to Canada with children, you will need to get them registered for a school. The first place to start is to make sure that you have all of the documents that you need before leaving your home country. If you need to apply to get them after you arrive in Canada it can be a little time consuming so planning ahead here really pays off!
You need to provide all of the following information to register your child for school:
- Proof of your child's age - A birth certificate or passport.
- Proof of address - A copy of a bank statement, telephone or electrical bill or apartment lease with your name and address.
- Proof of guardianship - Required if your child is under 18 years of age and is not living with a parent.
- Proof of student's immigration status* - One of:
- Birth certificate
- Permanent Resident Card
- Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292) or Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
- Immunization record - Proof that your son or daughter has been immunized. *It is important to know that all children aged 6-18 can attend school, regardless of their immigration status or the immigration status of their parents.
It is possible that the local school board will require your children to have their mathematics or English language level tested. This is usually not that big of a deal, but you should try to prepare your children for this eventuality. It is a good idea to hold onto any work or report cards that the student has done at their previous school so that you can show your child's new teachers some examples of their work. You don’t have to do this, I just think it is a nice way to introduce your child to the school and their teacher.
If your child is older and attending high school, they may want to have a meeting with the student guidance counsellor to go over their goals and plans for after school. This is a very valuable time for setting goals and getting any questions answered about upcoming events or exams.