Understanding the Education System in Ontario
The links in this article will help you explore the education system in Ontario and better understand how it works. This will allow you to show more clearly how your experience is relevant to the needs of students and schools in Ontario, and ultimately to find employment.
You may start your orientation to the Ontario educational system by checking the information on Settlement.com.
The big picture
- Educational Infrastructure
Ontario business and economic development site, designed for potential business immigrants and investors. Provides a brief description supported by statistical figures and charts.
to the teaching profession in Ontario
by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Requirements for certification of foreign-trained teachers.
The elementary and secondary education system
and Secondary Education Overview
by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Brief description of the elementary and secondary school system, both publicly funded and private.
- The Teaching
A comprehensive resource by the Ontario Ministry of Education. All about the teaching profession in Ontario including certification and related regulations.
of Conduct in Ontario schools
by the Ontario Ministry of Education. The provincial standards of behaviour apply to all individuals involved in the publicly funded school system.
is responsible for what?
The provincial ministry outlines the duties and responsibilities of governing bodies and individuals according to the Education Act and its regulations.
- Ontario Schools
Designed for newly elected trustees; however, may be used by anyone wanting to thoroughly understand roles and responsibilities in the Ontario publicly funded education system.
A brief introduction to special education by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
The guide for teachers and educators on special education, 2001 was published to assist teachers and other support professionals in developing Individual Education Plans for exceptional pupils.
- School board profiles
by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Contains information on 72 district school boards and 33 school authorities located in Ontario. Using the drop down menu, view summarized information on each of them, a list of schools for a specific board, names of executive and board members, trustees’ names, mailing address for each school and a map.
- Ontario school or school board finder
Convenient site for finding a specific school board or school.
and secondary curriculum
by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Learn standards and policy.
Support of the Ontario Curriculum
Get a sense of the Ontario curriculum by knowing the resources.
- The Trillium
A searchable list of textbooks approved by the Minister of Education for use in Ontario schools.
Private schools also provide elementary and secondary education. They are independently operated and do not receive funding from the government. However, the Ministry of Education reserves the right to inspect the standard of instruction in these schools.
Elementary and Secondary Schools
by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Find private schools by name, program criteria or affiliation.
- Ontario Federation of Independent
Introduction to independent education in Ontario.
The postsecondary education system
An overview by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
education in Ontario
An overview by the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)
- On requirements to
Information for foreign-trained university professors and college teachers
How much does it cost to be a university student in Ontario?
Websites and contact information.
- Employment Opportunities in Ontario Universities
Faculties of Education
Websites and contact information.
Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
Addresses and websites.
College Application Services (OCAS)
Learn about Ontario colleges, review application requirements or use a program finder.
- Privately funded
Ontario institutions that offer degrees or programs leading to degrees.
- Registered Private
There are over 450 of them in Ontario. See the list http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/list/pvs02.html or find a specific college or program using the school search engine.