Education and Training

Education is very important in Canada. All children usually go to elementary school from ages five to 12, and to secondary school (high school) from ages 13 to 17 or 18. After secondary school, students can go on to post-secondary study at colleges, technical schools and universities.

For full information on the

  • Education system
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Distance education
  • Post-secondary education
  • Costs and financial help
  • English classes for adults
  • Continuing education for adults

check these online resources:

  • WelcomeBC Newcomers’ Guide  – Chapter 5: Education (viewable online or download PDF file)
  • Welcome to Canada Guidebook – Chapter 9: Education (download eBook or PDF to your own computer)
  • BC Ministry of Education – website with lots of information
  • CanLearn.ca – a useful government website with information on education savings for your child, planning for post-secondary education, student loans, grants and scholarships, and continuing education.