Registering and Protecting Homeschoolers
Responsibilities of Public Schools
The principal must register the child of any parent who wishes his/her child to be educated at home.
The school principal will offer to the homeschooled child or their parents free of charge:
- Evaluation and assessment services to determine the child's educational progress in relation to students of similar age and ability
- The loan of educational resource materials authorized and recommended by the Minister of Education, and which, in the school district’s opinion, are sufficient to enable the child to pursue his/her educational program
The parent and/or homeschooled child is free to accept or reject evaluation/ assessment services or the loan of learning resource materials offered by the school.
The school has no authority to approve or supervise the educational program of a homeschooled child.
Responsibilities of Independent Schools
The independent school authority may determine if a particular independent school will register homeschooled children.
The authority may also set a fee for the registration of a homeschooled child. An independent or independent distributed learning school may register a homeschooled child who resides anywhere in the province.
The school principal shall offer to the homeschooled child or the parent(s) free of charge:
- Evaluation and assessment services normally offered to the students at that independent school.
- Educational resource materials, on loan, which the school believes are sufficient to enable the child to pursue his/her educational program.
The school may require a deposit for the loan of such materials.
Provincial funding grants are sent to each registering school; no funding is sent to parents. The provincial funding grant amounts are as follows:
- Public schools receive $250 for each registered homeschooled child
- An independent school authority (PDF) holding a certificate of group 1 or group 2 classification receives $175 for each registered homeschooled child
Protecting Homeschooled Children
Anyone who believes that a school-aged homeschooled child is not registered, or is registered, but not receiving an educational program, may report this belief to:
- The superintendent of schools of the school district in which the child resides
- The directeur général of the francophone education authority for the francophone school district in which the child resides
After receiving a report, the superintendent, or directeur général must investigate the complaint:
- If the superintendent or directeur général determines that the child is not registered and the child's parent refuses to comply with the law, the superintendent, or directeur général must inform the police
- If the superintendent or directeur général determines that the child is not receiving an educational program and that the child is in need of protection, the superintendent, or directeur général must report their belief to the Ministry of Children and Family Development
- No action can be taken against the superintendent or directeur général for investigating a report, nor against the person making such a report, unless it was made maliciously