Who qualifies for a French-language education?

All parents looking for high quality French-language education are encouraged to visit our schools and explore the possibilities for their child.  Admission to French-language schools can be granted in one of two ways:

1) As a rights holder

Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a child is eligible, without any other condition, if one parent is a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant and meets one or all of the following criteria:

  • The first language learned and still understood is French;
  • He or she was educated, at the elementary level, in French in Canada;
  • He or she has another child who has received or who is receiving his or her education at the elementary or secondary level in French in Canada.

Our School Board also welcomes in its schools children:

  • whose grand-parents had French as a first language and were eligible for a  French-language education; OR
  • born from immigration and whose mother tongue is neither French nor English.

2) If you are not a rights holder

Individuals who do not meet the above criteria can submit an application for admission to the French-language school of his or her choice.  As per the Ontario Education Act, an admissions committee will process the request.

If admission is granted, the parent becomes a “rights-holder,” and all of his or her children become entitled to a French-language education, anywhere in Canada. They will in turn be able to register their own children at a French-language school.

To find out more about this process, contact the school in your community directly.