Find information about universities, admission processes, tuition fees and how the education system works. You will also find information about other learning opportunities in further education.
Canada spends around 8 per cent of its gross domestic product on education and has a diversified education system, with public and private schools (‘school’ usually refers to everything from kindergarten to university) at all levels operating alongside one another.
The Canadian public school system
There isn’t a federal government controlled or funded state school system in Canada. State-funded provincial schools are called public or separate schools (which are Roman Catholic public schools), and although anyone can attend either, they’re generally split along religious denomination lines.
Private schools in Canada
There are private fee-paying schools in all cities in Canada serving a wide range of needs and educating around 5 per cent of Canadian children. Private schools include single-sex schools, schools sponsored by religious groups, schools for students with learning or physical disabilities, and schools for gifted children.
Universities, tuitions and qualifications
Higher education in Canada is often referred to as post-secondary education, and refers to study beyond the secondary school level and usually assumes that a student has undertaken 13 years of study and has a GED.