Eligibility for English school
Are you having a problem acquiring a Certificate of Eligibility for your child
to attend English School in Quebec?
If you are, then I may be able to help you. After years of experience working
with families of "special needs children" and children with "adaptation
and language issues", I have acquired an expertise in writing a specialized
psycho-social report which has resulted in families acquiring this eligibility,
and in other cases, these reports have resulted in a previous refusal being
overturned, based on humanitarian reasons, as a result of my report If it is
your priority for your child to attend English school, but the government has
said NO. I can help you to change that NO into a YES !
The section I am referring to is:
Children with severe learning disabilities as defined in the government regulation
made under section 81 of the Charter are eligible for instruction in the English
Contact me for more details
The following is from The
Western Quebec School Board
Eligibility for English Language Education in Quebec
Registration to English Schools in Quebec
Parents are asked to register children directly through their community school.
If your child has a Certificate of Eligibility for English Language Instruction
please bring this, as well as the birth certificate showing the names of
the father and the mother. Government regulations stipulate that you bring
the original documents or certified true copies. You should also bring the
most recent report card. A Medicare card, and when required, a report card
should be provided as well.
If your child does not have a Certificate of Eligibility you must apply for
one at the time of the child's registration in your community school.
- Under the Charter of the French Language, children in the
following two categories may be enrolled in English-language schools:
- Permanent residents of Québec who qualify for a certificate
of eligibility for
instruction in English.
- Those who are living in Québec temporarily and qualify
for a temporary authorization to receive instruction in English.
A certificate of eligibility is generally delivered to children
who did most of their
elementary or secondary studies in English in Canada; those with a brother
or sister who did most of their elementary or secondary studies in English
in Canada; or cases in which the
father or mother did most of his or her elementary studies in English in Canada.
In the first two cases, the father or mother of the child must be Canadian
citizen. In the third case, the father or mother must be a Canadian citizen,
unless he or she did his or her studies in Québec.
These are the most common cases in which children are eligible for instruction
in English, but there are other, more special cases, for example:
Children with severe learning disabilities as defined in the
government regulation made under section 81 of the Charter:
Children whose father or mother was declared eligible for instruction in English
who did his or her elementary and secondary studies in French after August
The certificate of eligibility for instruction in English is permanent. In
other words, it can never expire.
Children who are declared eligible for instruction in English may pursue their
studies in French and still transfer their right to receive instruction in
English to their children.
When a child is declared eligible for instruction in English, his or her brothers
and sisters may also be declared eligible.
Children who qualify for a temporary authorization to receive instruction in
English fall into three broad categories:
- The dependent children of persons living in Québec
temporarily to study or to work, including:
- The dependent
children of foreign nationals who hold a Québec
acceptance or an employment authorization or a student authorization issued
in accordance with the federal Immigration Act, or who are exempted from
holding such a certificate or authorization under a statute applicable in
- The dependent children of Canadian citizens
or permanent residents living in
Québec temporarily to study or work;
- The dependent
children of persons who are not Canadian citizens and who are
posted in Québec temporarily as representatives or officers of a country
Canada or of an international organization:
- The dependent
children of members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are posted in Québec
The temporary authorization to receive instruction in English is delivered
to the child and is valid for the same period as the immigration document issued
to the parent or child or for the duration of the temporary stay as specified
in a sworn declaration. It expires on June 30 of the school year in which the
parent's or child's temporary stay ends.
A temporary authorization to receive instruction in English may be renewed
provided that the applicant still meets the same criteria as in his or her
However, the authorization cannot be granted to the children of foreign nationals
who are claiming refugee status for themselves or their children, or of foreign
nationals who choose to settle in Québec on a permanent basis and obtain
a Québec certificate of acceptance. If an authorization has already
been granted, it expires on June 30 of the school year in which the certificate
of acceptance is delivered.
The Application Process
To obtain a certificate of eligibility or a temporary authorization for a
child, the parent or legal guardian of the child must first contact the
school board or private school where he or she wishes to enroll the child.
The parent or legal guardian must complete the appropriate application form
and attach all of the required supporting documents. The child's birth certificate
must be enclosed in all cases and must give the names of both parents. If a
birth certificate cannot be provided, any other official document issued by
a competent authority and attesting to the child's date of birth, sex and filiation
will be accepted.
The school board or private school forwards the application and supporting
documents to a person designated by the Minister of Education. This person
will verify whether the child is eligible for instruction in English and will
render a decision. The parent or legal guardian of the child will be informed
of the decision within one to three weeks, depending on the time of year at
which the application was made.
If the decision is negative, the parent or legal guardian has 60 days to file
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