In Canada, parents have the primary responsibility for educating their children. To assist them, provincial and territorial governments administer and regulate educational systems. There is no federal department of education and no national system of education. Instead, each province and territory has its own system of education. The educational systems are generally similar across Canada with some variations between provinces and territories.

Canada does not have a federal department or national system of education.

Elementary and secondary education
When children start and finish school, how to enroll them in school, and education for adults.

Post-secondary education
The types of post-secondary schools available, how to choose a program, and where to get your education credentials recognized if you already studied outside Canada.

School life in Canada
Schooling in Canada may be different than you expect.

Visit the website of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada for an overview of the education system in Canada.

Contact information for provincial and territorial government ministries responsible for education


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia



Prince Edward Island