Types of Schools in Canada

University in Canada

Canada has a fine selection of University programs for Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate Degrees and Postdoctoral positions. The specialties include some of the World's finest cutting-edge original technology and the tradition bound fundamental disciplines. Most professions require a university education and professional certification process. Examples are doctors, nurses, engineers, architects, dentists, teachers, accountants and lawyers. Admission to the programs is dependent on the individual Universities and usually includes English language skills and prerequisite courses.

Colleges in Canada

There is a wide variety of quality in Colleges in Canada. There are some excellent college programs that offer two or three year programs that are the finest in the world and can be used as credit towards a university degree. Most technical careers require a community college diploma and professional certification process. Examples are x-ray technicians, network analyst, lab technician, CADD design. Many colleges offer two or three year diploma programs with some programs lasting only six months for a certificate.

Career Training

There are over 1000 career training programs that prepare students for well paying jobs in Canada. These career training programs offer instruction from industry professionals that offer true industry experience, current techniques and may include work-study cooperative placements. Many of the career training programs prepare candidates for industry or association tests and certification.

Skills Training

Many skills training programs are at the beginner or intermediate level for personal use. They can be life skills such as driving or cooking. A cooking skills course can be an introduction to equipment and food preparation for personal use. The more detailed career training will start at the beginner levels and progress to an advanced level where the course graduates can work in the industry.

LINC Language Instruction for New Canadians

The Government of Canada, in cooperation with local school boards, community colleges, immigrant and community organizations, offers language training across Canada. The name of the program is LINC, which stands for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada. This program is designed for adults. Newcomers under the age of 18 will be language level tested and put into ESL programs in the elementary or secondary schools in their local school board district.
Link to LINC Programs in Canada (language instruction for new Canadians)

Leisure Schools

These schools can be combinations of skills, participation and academic, historical or technical information for personal use. There are leisure classes for yoga, running, resistance training, swimming, sailing, scuba diving, hang gliding, flying, music and art appreciation, dance, poetry, theatre, movies, interior design, decorating, every type of sport, philosophy, ethics and 1,000 more.

Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

In Ontario for example, children aged 6 - 18 must attend school. The Education Act is the law that governs public schools in Ontario. It says that children aged 6-18 must attend school. Many children can begin a full day kindergarten program at age 4. It is important to know that all children aged 6-18 can attend school, regardless of their immigration status or the immigration status of their parents. This is outlined in the Education Act, the law that governs public schools in Ontario.

Provincial and Territorial Departments and Ministries are responsible for public elementary and secondary schools in Canada
Link to: Provincial and Territorial Departments and Ministries of Education

List of Ontario Ministry of Education ESL courses in High School and OAC Credit System Explanation

Private Elementary and Secondary Schools

In Ontario, private schools operate as businesses or non-profit organizations independently of the Ministry of Education and in accordance with the requirements set by the Education Act. Private schools do not receive any funding or other financial support from the government. The Ministry of Education does not regulate, licence, accredit or otherwise oversee the operation of private schools. Parents, guardians and students must do their research before registering for private schools. Information on a particular school's educational program, business practices and other policies should be obtained from the school directly, prior to registration.

Private Language Schools

Private language schools provide their training to international students and visitors to Canada who do not qualify for the public or LINC programs. The private language schools are for profit businesses and can be heaven or hell for students. ESL in Canada has been in over a 100 schools and can say with a fair degree of experience that 10% are above average, 50% average, 30% below average and 20 % either expensive babysitting or garbage. Please read the "FAQs", "Consumer Alert", "Questions to Ask" "Can your Agent help You" articles before signing up for a private language school.

Lists of Private ESL English as a Second language Schools in Canada

Private Language Teachers

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