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
The elementary and secondary education system
- Elementary 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.
- Code 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 Trustees Handbook
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.
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.
- In Support of the Ontario Curriculum
Get a sense of the Ontario curriculum by knowing the resources.
- The TrilliumList
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
Elementary and Secondary Schools
by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Find private schools by name, program
criteria or affiliation.
- Ontario Federation of IndependentSchools
Introduction to independent education in Ontario.
The postsecondary education system
- Post secondary education
An overview by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
education in Ontario
An overview by the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
- On requirements to
Information for foreign-trained university professors and college teachers
How much does it cost to be a university student in Ontario?
- Ontario public universities
Websites and contact information.
- Employment Opportunities in Ontario Universities
Faculties of Education
Websites and contact information.
- OntarioColleges of Applied Arts and Technology
Addresses and websites.
- Ontario College Application Services (OCAS)
Learn about Ontario colleges, review application requirements or use a program finder.
- Privately funded institutions
Ontario institutions that offer degrees or programs leading to degrees.
- Registered Private Career Colleges
There are over 450 of them in Ontario. See the list or find a specific college or program using the school