Schooling in Canada: A guide for new families in Canada (2023)

What types of schools are available in Canada?

There are three main options for elementary and secondary schooling in Canada.

  1. Public schools: These are publicly-funded schools available to students in every region across Canada. These schools are free for children to attend (funded through the same tax-payer system which funds healthcare and social services!). About 92 percent of children in Canada attend a public school.
  2. Private schools: These schools are owned by private entities and typically require parents to pay a tuition fee for their child’s enrolment. About seven percent of children in Canada attend private schools. Tuition fees among private schools can vary significantly.
  3. Homeschooling: This is an option whereby a parent chooses to keep their child at home and educate them independently. Homeschooling regulations differ between provinces, but parents can often find suggested curriculum and supporting material online. Less than one percent of children in Canada are homeschooled.

Sidebar—Catholic & religious schools: Religious schools, mostly Catholic, exist across Canada in both the private and public systems. At these schools, Catholicism is often integrated into course curriculums. In Ontario, Catholic school boards receive provincial funding and are attended by a growing number of non-Catholic students. While many Catholic schools offer quality education, the integration of religion into learning may be something you want to consider or avoid, per your preference.

You may be wondering whether public or private school offers the best education for your child. Well, that depends on a number of factors: Do you have income available to afford private tuition fees? What kind of learning environment best suits your child? Which private and public schooling options are available in the place you’re planning to live?

Studies show that students enrolled in private schools typically have a stronger academic performance than their public-school peers. But, researchers question whether this is due to the quality of private education, or whether it is due to the fact that private school attendees often come from families with more financial resources and parents with higher levels of education themselves.

Canada’s public school system is well-regarded around the world. However, you should research the public school options in the place you intend to live and ensure that there are educational offerings that suit the needs of your child. You can begin by looking into the website for the Department of Education for any of the provinces you’re considering to make your home in Canada:

Alberta | British Columbia | Manitoba | New Brunswick | Newfoundland & Labrador | Northwest Territories | Nova Scotia | Nunavut | Ontario | Prince Edward Island | Quebec | Saskatchewan | Yukon

How much does it cost for elementary and secondary schooling in Canada?

Elementary and secondary schooling in Canada is available for free through the public education system. Of course, you should expect some indirect costs for things like school supplies, lunches and snacks, clothing, and field trips.

If you choose to send your child to private school, you will have to pay tuition fees. These vary depending on the school you choose. As an example, let’s examine 2020 tuition fees for Grade 1-5 students at the prestigious Upper Canada College in Toronto. Each year, you can expect to pay CAD $34,135 in tuition fees as a day student and more than $60,000 if you’re a boarding student. This is at the higher end; other private schools may be more affordable.

If you’re being careful with your money, you may want to consider the affordability of the public school system. Attending a public school may even allow you to save ahead for your child’s college or university studies. Start by opening a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) with HSBC Investment Funds (Canada) Inc.1 and invest your savings tax-free while benefitting from eligible government grants.

In which language(s) is education offered in Canada?

Schooling in Canada is offered in the country’s two official languages: English and French. English schools offer some French-language studies as a part of their curriculum and vice-versa for French schools. However, the quality of the second-language offerings varies from school to school.

If you want your child to be educated in both languages, you may want to consider finding an English school that offers a robust French immersion program (or vice versa), or sending your child to a French school in an English area. As well, some schools offer courses in other languages beyond English and French.

Notably, French schools exist across Canada, not just in the French-speaking province of Quebec. While there may not be a French school in every community, if you want to prioritize giving your child an education in French, you can likely find a school in your preferred province.

Do you need French to succeed in Canadian society? No. Many Canadians don’t have fluency in the French language, but having French abilities can be a big boost to a person’s employability, especially if they want to live in Quebec, New Brunswick, or work in certain fields, including many government jobs.

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When does school take place each year in Canada?

Elementary and secondary schools in Canada typically start in late August or early September. The school year usually ends in late May or June.

The months of July and August are taken as summer vacation each year. Although, sometimes summer vacation starts in late June, with classes beginning again in late August.

On which days of the week does school operate in Canada?

Elementary and secondary schooling takes place five days a week from Monday to Friday, with the exception of statutory holidays and summer vacation.

How long is each school day in Canada?

The typical school day in Canada starts around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and lasts until about 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. This changes a bit from school to school, so it’s best to check with your school.

After classes are finished, most schools offer some form of extracurricular activities, including music, art, sports, debating, and other clubs and activities (some activities are paused during the COVID-19 pandemic).

At what ages is school mandatory in Canada?

Depending on the province, school is mandatory from the age of five or six, up to the age of 16 or 18. Most students in Canada graduate from high school at the age of 17 or 18.

What is the difference between “elementary,” “middle school,” “junior high,” and “high school” in Canada?

Warning: the terminology for stages of schooling in Canada is not standardized, so you can have differences all across the country.

In Canada, Grades K through 12 are typically divided up into different stages and different schools. So, your child might attend Kindergarten-Grade 5 at one school, then move to another school for Grades 6-9, then complete Grades 10-12 at a third school.

Typically, these stages are defined as:

  • Elementary school: For the early grades.
  • Middle school and/or junior high school: For the middle grades.
  • High school: For the final years of secondary school.

There is no single rule for how grades and schools are organized. Even within a province, the structure will vary between school districts. Sometimes even within a school district there will be different structures.

To exemplify the variance, let’s talk about the town of Truro, Nova Scotia. If your child grows up on the south side of town, they might follow this schooling path:

  • Grades K-5 at Cobequid Consolidated Elementary School
  • Grades 6-9 at Central Colchester Junior High School
  • Grades 10-12 at the Cobequid Educational Centre (High School)

Meanwhile, if your child grows up on the north side of town, they might follow an entirely separate path, up until they meet in high school:

  • Grades K-4 at Bible Hill Elementary School
  • Grades 5-7 at Redcliff Middle School
  • Grades 8-9 at Bible Hill Junior High School
  • Grades 10-12 at the Cobequid Educational Centre (High School)

As you can see, the structure of schools varies pretty widely in this example, and these are two students growing up in the same school district, in the same town! When it comes to planning your child’s educational pathway, don’t get too hung up on the terminology, and instead focus on the reputations, resources, and offerings of the schools you’re considering.

What subjects will my child learn in school in Canada?

Canadian provinces set the curriculum for their schools. These curriculums are constantly being evaluated and modified to adapt to changes in the world. Generally, your child will learn a range of subjects including math, science, English, French, history / social studies, art, and physical education.

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As your child progresses through the education system, they’ll have more opportunities for choice in their classes, allowing them to pursue more courses in the subjects that interest them and that they excel at.

What access to specialized programming (music, art, sports, advanced academics) will my child have in Canada?

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Based on your child’s interests, you should research the specialized programming available at the schools you’re considering. Certain schools are well-known for their afterschool music or theatre programs, while others might be known for their hockey and football teams.

Another important consideration is in the availability of advanced educational opportunities. How does the school support advanced learners? Some high schools in Canada participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, but not all of them.

If you want your child to have access to a certain type of program, you need to research in advance to ensure that the school you’ve chosen will be a good fit.

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My child has special learning needs and/or disabilities. What resources will be available to them in Canada?

Canadian schools offer help for students with special needs, including: physical, cognitive, psychological, emotional, behavioural, and linguistic. However, depending on the needs of your child, you may want to consult with the schools you’re considering to determine which would best serve the needs of your child.

What do I need to know about school boards in Canada?

Schooling in Canada is organized in smaller geographic areas, called school boards or school districts. Each school board is responsible for the schools within a local area. School boards are responsible for things like buildings, administration, staffing, and student enrolment.

School boards are managed by members of the community who are elected by the local public. All school boards have regular public meetings where members of the community can attend to express their views (democracy at its finest!). Newcomers to Canada can have their voice heard through school boards.

Post-secondary education

After completing high school (or Sec V in Quebec), students become eligible for post-secondary education (though Quebec students first have to complete CEGEP). Post-secondary education includes college, university, technical school, and other higher education programs designed to give students advanced learning in a specific topic or skill set.

Canada’s post-secondary colleges and universities are well-respected around the world, with a few universities consistently ranking among the Top 50 worldwide (we’re looking at you, the University of Toronto, McGill, and UBC).

Statistics Canada reports that 68 percent of Canadians aged 25-64 have completed some form of post-secondary credential, far above the average in the OECD. And, first-generation immigrants in Canada have an even higher rate of post-secondary education, clocking in at 72 percent. Regardless of your child’s path in life, you can rest assured that in Canada they will have access to a range of quality post-secondary educational options if they choose to pursue them.

Post-secondary education is its own entirely separate informational tidal wave. To deep-dive into post-secondary education in Canada, we suggest consulting our Study Section.

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One of the best things you can do for your child’s long-term education is to begin saving for their post-secondary studies while they’re young. Start saving as soon as possible by getting your banking set up with HSBC Bank Canada. Their team will be able to advise you on your many options for ensuring you’ve got your kid’s college or university plan figured out way ahead of time.

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What do you need to know when you arrive in Canada?

Registering for school | School supplies | Getting to school | Eating at School | | Getting involved

Oh—you’ve arrived in Canada? We’d wish you congratulations, but we know you might not hear us over the noise of unpacking, applying for essential documents, having your first poutine, trying to meet people in your community, and adjusting to a brand new country!

We don’t want to add too much more to your Canada to-do list, but there are a few things you have to consider when getting your child’s Canadian education started.

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How to register your child for school in Canada

Hopefully you’ve already selected the school you want your child to attend. Now it’s time for enrolment. You need to contact the school board in order to find out the process for enrolling your child. It’s a good idea to contact the school to confirm enrolment even before you arrive in Canada, just to ensure you’ll be able to secure a place for your child.

Take note: In order to give your child the best chance of attending the preferred school, make sure you contact the school board as early as possible to understand the number of spaces available and the process for enrolling. Schools do not always have spaces available, so it’s best to act early!

If you’re enrolling your child in Canadian school for the first time, the school board or school will likely do some kind of assessment to understand where your child is at and what level is appropriate for them. This type of assessment also allows schools to determine if your child may want to access any additional resources such as language training.

What supplies do you need to get for your child’s education?

After completing enrolment, your child’s school should give you a list of supplies you need to obtain. Sometimes certain supplies are available for purchase or provided by the school itself, but this should be made clear by the school administrators.

In addition to supplies for classroom learning, you’ll want to consider other important items for your child’s school experience:

  • Clothing: Check to see if the school has a uniform policy or dress code that dictates what your child is allowed to wear.
  • Athletic clothes: Physical education is a part of most elementary and secondary school curriculums in Canada. As such, your child will likely need proper attire for gym class, including socks, sneakers, athletic bottoms and tops, and undergarments.
  • Winter clothes: It’s never too early to start thinking about winter! During the cold months, you’ll want to ensure that your child has, at minimum, a warm winter jacket, boots, hat, and gloves. We recommend only getting these things once you arrive in Canada, because people who aren’t used to a Canadian winter might advise you incorrectly.
    • Living in Vancouver or the B.C. Lower Mainland? You *might* be able to get away with less intense winter attire than the rest of Canada.
  • Backpack: Your kid will need a sturdy and reliable (and fashionable!) backpack for carrying around all their textbooks, pencil cases, and binders.
  • Electronics: This may be part of a bigger conversation. But, will your child have a cell (mobile) phone? A tablet? Depending on how old your child is and your own views on electronic devices for children, this may be a conversation to have before school.

How will your child get to school in Canada?

School boards in Canada manage school bussing routes enabling students to get to and from school. But, if you’d prefer, you can also take your child to school yourself.

Once your child is old enough, they can also get to school on their own, by walking, bike, car, public transportation, or on one of Canada’s trained transport moose.

Okay, okay, fine. That part about the moose was a joke.

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What will your child eat at school in Canada?

Typically, students in Canada eat lunch during the school day with breakfast and supper (dinner, or whatever you may call an evening meal!) occurring before they get to school and after they leave school.

You should ask administrators about your school’s lunch options. Public schools usually host a cafeteria with lunch available for purchase, while some private schools include lunches in the school fees. However, many students opt to bring lunch (so you can buy one of those cute little lunchboxes!). As well, when students get older, many opt to leave the school campus and go for lunch in the surrounding local community.

Some schools also offer breakfast programs, which are often free. These initiatives support families who might not otherwise be able to provide healthy breakfast options. If you’re looking for this type of support, ask the school.

How is your child graded and assessed throughout schooling?

You can understand your child’s progress in school in three big ways.

First, you can check in with your child about their progress and the marks they’re receiving on any homework, tests, and assignments throughout the year.

Second, your child will receive an official report card at predetermined points each year. This will allow you to see the official grades your child receives in each course, along with some feedback from teachers.

Finally, you can attend parent-teacher conferences throughout the school year. This will allow you to speak directly with your child’s teachers and discuss their academic progress and their participation in the classroom and in school life.

How to stay involved in your child’s education

There are many opportunities to get involved with your child’s education. Many schools have Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) where parents can volunteer their time into things like fundraising and event-planning. If you’re looking for a smaller commitment, you may be able to find opportunities to act as a chaperone on field trips or at school events.

If you really want to engage with your child’s schooling system, you can get involved in the school district or school board. School boards hold regular meetings where members of the community can attend and voice their opinions. You might even consider running for a seat on the school board, as positions are open to the public and new members are voted in by the community!

Planning ahead for college and university

Whether your child is still in diapers or they’ve already got their driver’s licence, it’s never too early or too late to make a plan for college and university education. Canada offers a range of world-renowned post-secondary programs for young people looking to gain the foundational knowledge they need to succeed in careers and as engaged, critically-thinking citizens.

One of the best ways you can contribute to your child’s post-secondary education is by taking action to save up money so that they have some financial support when they venture out of the nest for the first time. We recommend considering the services available through HSBC Bank Canada, which extend far beyond a simple bank account. Their Newcomers Program can set you up for financial success when you arrive in Canada.

In addition to their Newcomers Program, HSBC offers a range of investment opportunities for parents through a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), specifically designed to help you save for your child’s post-secondary education. Check out their RESP investment options and get started by booking an appointment with an HSBC representative. For detailed information about Canadian Education Savings plans and grants, visit

It’s also never too early to teach your child the value of financial responsibility. HSBC Bank Canada offers a Youth Savings Account designed to help children develop good saving habits early in life with their own bank account. And, once they’re ready to manage some real cash flow, they can transition to the HSBC Student Chequing Account, an unlimited chequing account designed for today’s student.


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Is schooling free in Canada for immigrants? ›

Public secondary or high school is free in Canada for residents of the country. Many schools charge fees for international students, which can range from approximately CAD 8,000 to CAD 14,000 per year.

Can a foreign child go to public school in Canada? ›

All primary and secondary schools in Canada can enrol international students.

Is child education free in Canada for work permit? ›

As long as one parent holds valid status in Canada e.g. study/work permit, permanent resident or Canadian citizen, their children are permitted to study at the pre-school, primary or secondary school levels without paying international fees.

How much bank balance is required for Canada student visa? ›

Outside Quebec
Persons coming to CanadaAmount of funds required per year (doesn't include tuition)Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)
You (the student)CAN$10,000CAN$833
First family memberCAN$4,000CAN$333
Every additional accompanying family memberCAN$3,000CAN$255
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What is the age limit for Canadian student visa? ›

Even though there is no age limit, minors must get a study permit. However, the age limit varies by province. You must be between the ages of 18 and 35 to be a Canadian or foreign youth. PTE is accepted by most major Canadian institutions and is suitable for student visas in Canada.

How long is a school day in Canada? ›

The students study in either a semester or linear system, for ten months of the year (September to June), five days a week (Monday to Friday) for approximately six hours a day. This is the standard for both public and private schools.

How long is summer break in Canada? ›

School holidays : The first day of the summer holidays for most Canadian schools is the last Saturday in June (early July), while the last day of the holiday is normally Labour Day in September. Students in the country enjoy two to three months of summer vacation.

How good is Canada's education system? ›

According to the 2022 US News report, Canada is the 4th best country for education in the world and has consistently featured among the top 5 countries since 2016!

Can I stay in Canada if my child is born in Canada? ›

In most cases, if you don't already have permanent residency or a Canadian citizenship, even if your child was born here, you will have to return to your country of origin with your child. If you wish to become a Canadian citizen, there are legal ways to attain residency with a Canadian-born child.

Can mother go with student in Canada? ›

Yes, you may be able to bring your spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children, with you to Canada. They may be eligible for a study or work permit, or a visitor visa. You must submit their applications online when you apply for your study permit. Find out how to submit their applications with yours.

Can a child on visitor visa go to school in Canada? ›

The child may have either a visitor record or a study permit when entering Canada. The child is authorized to study without a study permit if they have only the visitor record or a Canadian entry stamp on their passport.

How much does Canada pay per child? ›

Based on CCB payments in 2021, you could receive a maximum of: $6,833 per year ($569.41 per month) for each eligible child under the age of 6. $5,765 per year ($480.41 per month) for each eligible child aged 6 to 17.

Do you get money for having kids in Canada? ›

The Canada child benefit (CCB) is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

Can a child go to school on a visitor visa? ›

Per federal regulations, B-1 and B-2 nonimmigrants (i.e., visitors who are in the United States for business and pleasure purposes) are prohibited from enrolling in a course of study at a U.S.

How much money is required for family visa in Canada? ›

How much money you'll need
Number of family membersFunds required (in Canadian dollars)
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Who can sponsor me in Canada? ›

To apply as a sponsor, you must be at least 18 years of age and a: Canadian citizen or. person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or. permanent resident of Canada.

How much is Canada visa fee? ›

Visitor Visa Processing Fees
ApplicationProcessing fee in $ CAD
Visitor or Super visa for single or multiple entries to Canada$100 per person
Visitor visa for single or multiple entries to Canada for a family of 5 or more (all family members must apply at the same time)$500
Extend a visitor visa$100 per person
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Which province in Canada is easy for student visa? ›

Nova Scotia's Labour Market Priorities also selects candidates directly from the Express Entry pool. Since this stream often invites profiles without a connection to the province, it is considered one of the easiest PNPs for overseas applicants to obtain PR.

What is the success rate of Canada student visa? ›

The rejection rate of Canada study visas has reduced after two years. The visa rejection rate was around 35% in 2019 during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Later, it went down to 60% in 2022.

What exam is required for Canada? ›

Which exam is required for study in Canada? A. To study in Canada, you must have scores of IELTS or TOEFL or PTE. Apart from this, depending on the course and university you have chosen, scores of various other exams might also be needed such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.

What month does school start in Canada? ›

A regular school year is typically from September 1 to June 30.

Is kindergarten free in Canada? ›

School Cost

While kindergarten is free in Canada, preschools, daycare, and childcare in Canada are private. This means they receive little funding, if any at all, from the government.

Are public schools good in Canada? ›

A public school education is the choice of 95% of Canadian families, due to a very strong, government-regulated educational system. This brings Canada to the top of educational rankings in the world.

Which is the warmest place in Canada? ›

Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is located on the southern part of Vancouver Island, just 107 kilometres southwest of Vancouver. Victoria is the warmest place in Canada, with an average annual temperature of 9.9°C. Winters are pretty mild, and summers never get too hot.

What month is the best to visit Canada? ›

The best time to visit Canada is from September through November. The weather has cooled down but is still comfortable and changing fall foliage provides a beautiful backdrop for a vacation. Pleasant fall celebrations such as pumpkin, apple, and wine festivals are in full swing.

How long are winter breaks in Canada? ›

Summer break in Canada typically falls in July/August. Students are expected to go back to school in late August or early September. Students will enjoy another two weeks vacation for winter break (usually beginning on Christmas and ends in New Year). Spring break also lasts for two weeks.

What are the disadvantages of studying in Canada? ›

To help you out, we've listed some very common disadvantages of studying in Canada.
  • Expensive Tuition Fees and Cost of Living. You are expected to pay CAD 6,000-10,000 per semester in Canadian Universities. ...
  • High Tax Rate. ...
  • Extremely Cold Weather. ...
  • Different Culture and Lifestyle. ...
  • Working While Studying.
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Which city has the best education in Canada? ›

Let's discuss it in detail:
  • Montreal. Montreal is the best city to study in Canada. ...
  • Toronto. Toronto is one of the best cities in Canada for international students. ...
  • Vancouver. ...
  • Ottawa. ...
  • Quebec City. ...
  • Edmonton. ...
  • Calgary. ...
  • Ontario.
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Which province in Canada has the best schools? ›

Public Education in Alberta

Alberta Education, also known as Alberta's Ministry of Education, is the governing body for Alberta's schools. Alberta's students are touted as the highest-ranked in Canada and its education system is often cited as one of the best in the world.

Can foreigners study in Canada for free? ›

Is it possible to study in Canada for free? Generally, Canadian universities do not offer tuition fee waivers. Therefore, it is not possible to gain free education in Canada. However, some Canadian universities offer fully funded scholarships for international students.

What benefits do immigrants to Canada receive? ›

What are the Top 10 Benefits of Canada PR?
  • Right to Live and Work in Canada. ...
  • Extend or renew your visa after 5 years. ...
  • Allows you to bring your family along! ...
  • Free Education for children. ...
  • Universal Healthcare. ...
  • Social Benefits. ...
  • Road to Canadian Citizenship. ...
  • Freedom to Move.

Does Canada have free college for foreigners? ›

Answer-There are no tuition-free universities in Canada, either for international or domestic students. However, some universities are backed by fully-funded scholarships that will fund students' complete education.

What benefits do new immigrants get in Canada? ›

I've arrived in Canada — what benefits can I expect?
  • Canada Child Benefit (CCB) ...
  • Goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit. ...
  • Provincial or Territorial Benefits. ...
  • Other Benefits.

Which is the cheapest place to study in Canada? ›

Cheap universities in Canada

University of Regina – tuition fees: 1,715 – 20,050 CAD/year. Royal Roads University – tuition fees: 3,750 – 27,600 CAD/year. University of Saskatchewan – tuition fees: 4,110 – 24,000 CAD/year. Athabasca University – tuition fees: 1,625 – 17,250 CAD/year.

How much money do I need to study in Canada? ›

1. Tuition fee is your prime expenditure programAverage annual fee
1Undergraduate program$13,000 to $20,000
2Postgraduate master's degree$17,000 to $25,000
3Doctoral degree$7,000 to $15,000
4MBA$30,000 to $40,000
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How much money do I need to show for study in Canada? ›

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) the applicants are required to show a living expenditure fund of approximately $10000. This implies you'll have to prove a total of $25,000 to back up your application for a study permit in Canada. Canada also allows student applicants to sponsor their families.

How much money can a new immigrant bring to Canada? ›

There are no restrictions on the amount of money you can bring into or take out of Canada, nor is it illegal to do so. However, any time you cross the border, you must declare any currency or monetary instruments you have in your possession that are valued at CAN$10,000 or more.

What kind of immigrants is Canada looking for? ›

Why Does Canada Need Immigrants? Canada welcomes immigrants under three classes: the economic class, family class, and refugee and humanitarian class. Skilled workers are welcomed under the economic class to support Canada's high living standards.

What benefits do unemployed get in Canada? ›

You could get up to 55% of your earnings

For most people, the basic rate for calculating Employment Insurance (EI) benefits is 55% of their average insurable weekly earnings, up to a maximum amount. As of January 1, 2022, the maximum yearly insurable earnings amount is $60,300.

Can my child go to school in Canada on a visitors visa? ›

The child may have either a visitor record or a study permit when entering Canada. The child is authorized to study without a study permit if they have only the visitor record or a Canadian entry stamp on their passport.

Is medical free in Canada? ›

Canada has a universal health care system funded through taxes. This means that any Canadian citizen or permanent resident can apply for public health insurance. Each province and territory has a different health plan that covers different services and products.

Is there free healthcare in Canada? ›

All citizens and permanent residents, however, receive medically necessary hospital and physician services free at the point of use. To pay for excluded services, including outpatient prescription drugs and dental care, provinces and territories provide some coverage for targeted groups.

How much is child benefit in Canada per month? ›

Based on CCB payments in 2021, you could receive a maximum of: $6,833 per year ($569.41 per month) for each eligible child under the age of 6. $5,765 per year ($480.41 per month) for each eligible child aged 6 to 17.

Which is the easiest province to immigrate to Canada? ›

4 Easiest Provinces to Get PR in Canada in 2022
  • #1 – Saskatchewan's International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry. ...
  • #2 – Alberta's Express Entry Stream. ...
  • #3 – Ontario's Human Capital Priorities Stream. ...
  • #4 – Nova Scotia's Labour Market Priorities Stream. ...
  • Which PNP is Right for You?
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How do new immigrants survive in Canada? ›

How to Succeed in Canada as a New Immigrant
  1. Improve Your English Language Skills. ...
  2. Explore What Canada Has to Offer. ...
  3. Register for Free Newcomer Services. ...
  4. Go Outside Your Comfort Zone. ...
  5. Keep a Positive Outlook. ...
  6. Start Your Job Hunt Early. ...
  7. Become Involved in Your Local Community. ...
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