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Canadian Education

How does the Canadian education system work?

Canada has a strong and well-funded system of public education. All education in Canada is overseen by the federal government but provincial governments manage academic regulations and funding. Education systems can vary widely from one province to another. However, as education is overseen by the federal government, the standard of education remains
consistently high throughout the country.


Global Rankings

The overall ranking of Best Countries measure global performance on a variety of metrics. Canada is the best country in the world for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report

Canadian Academic Calendar

Canadian schools are generally open about 190 days per year, with about two months off during the summer and two other holiday sessions at Christmas time (late December) and Easter (April). The Canadian education year begins in early September and ends in late June.

Levels in Canadian Education

Preschools (or nursery schools) and kindergartens are for children aged 5 and under. Elementary runs from grades one through six. Secondary caters for grades seven to twelve (in Quebec, secondary finishes at grade eleven). It is important to note that each province has its own grade structure, so these terms may vary. Upon graduation from high school, children may enter the workforce or enter university, college or a career school.

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