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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC ENGLISH SCHOOLS IN QUEBEC

The important information contained in this document is essential for parents to register their children in English public schools in Quebec. Please read this information carefully. For more information, please consult the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec website at http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/en/parents-and-guardians/instruction-in-english/ or the English school board in your area (see list of sites above).

Eligibility Categories

Under the Charter of the French Language, children in the following three categories may be enrolled in English-language schools:
  • Children who are permanent residents of Quebec and who qualify for a certificate of eligibility for instruction in English.
  • Children who are permanent residents of Quebec and who are entitled to receive instruction in English under a special authorization.
  • Children who are living in Quebec temporarily and who qualify for temporary authorization to receive instruction in English.

Certificate of eligibility

A certificate of eligibility is generally delivered to children:

  • Who did most of their elementary or secondary studies in English in Canada; or
  • Whose brother or sister did most of his/her elementary or secondary studies in English in Canada; or
  • Whose father or mother did most of his/her elementary studies in English in Canada; or
  • Whose father or mother attended school in Quebec after August 26, 1977 and could have been declared eligible for instruction in English at that time.

The certificate of eligibility for instruction in English is permanent. In other words, there is no time limit after which it expires.

Children who are declared eligible under section 73, 76 or 86.1 may pursue studies in French and still transfer their right to receive instruction in English to their children.

Special authorization

Children who are entitled to receive instruction in English under a special authorization fall into two broad categories;

  • Children with serious learning disabilities as defined in the government regulation included under section 81 of the Charter of the French Language
  • Children admitted to receive instruction in English by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec by reason of a serious family or humanitarian situation, following a recommendation by the examining committee, after assessment by a person designated by the Ministry stating that the child’s situation is not covered under any provision of the Charter.
 

Temporary authorization

Children entitled to receive instruction in English under a temporary authorization fall into three broad categories:

  • First, the dependent children of persons living in Quebec temporarily to study or work, including:
    • The dependent children of foreign nationals who hold a Quebec certificate of acceptance or an employment authorization or a student authorization issued in accordance with the Federal Immigration Act, or who are exempted from holding such a certificate or authorization under a statute applicable in Quebec.
    • The dependent children of Canadian citizens or permanent residents domiciled in another Canadian province or a territory of Canada living in Quebec temporarily to study or work.
  • Second, the dependent children of persons who are not Canadian citizens and who are posted in Quebec temporarily as representatives or officers of a country other than Canada or of an international organization.
  • Third, the dependent children of members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are posted in Quebec temporarily. The temporary authorization to receive instruction in English is delivered to the child and is valid for the same period as the immigration document issued to the parent or child or for the duration of the temporary stay as specified in a sworn declaration. It expires on June 30 of the school year in which the parent or child’s temporary stay ends.

The application process

To have a child declared eligible to receive instruction in English, the parent or legal guardian of the child must apply to the school board or private school where he or she wishes to enroll the child.

If the parent or legal guardian wishes to contest an unfavourable decision of the person designated by the Minister, he or she has 60 days to file an appeal to the Administrative Tribunal of Québec. If the parent or legal guardian wishes to claim a serious family or humanitarian situation in support of an application following an unfavourable decision of the person designated by the Minister, he or she has 30 days to submit the application to the examining committee.