Posted On: 11/15/2016
I'm looking for information about enrolling my daughters into high school in Ontario.
They are Canadian citizens, but non-residents, as they were born and raised in Japan.
I have heard that if I send them to Canada, they will be treated as foreign students for the first 6 months or 1 year until they qualify as Canadian residents.
Is this true?
The fees for foreign students are quite high, so I am hoping that they will be recognized as Canadian local students from the outset.
They would be living with friends/relatives in Ontario and attending the local public high school.
They have Canadian passports, citizenship cards, and social insurance numbers.
I am intending to remain in Japan, so I also wonder whether this will have any bearing on their resident status.
To qualify for Ontario health cover, I think the waiting period is 3 months after repatriation.
Can anyone clarify this, too?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
Posted On: 11/21/2016
Thank you for sharing this situation and question with us.
In terms of who pays fees when attending public elementary or secondary school in Ontario, it generally does not apply to Canadian Citizens.
You can find some examples of the guidelines and requirements in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Admission Eligibility Operational Procedure Guideline document.
Based on the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) requirements, it is generally individuals and dependents who come to Canada on a Visitor Record and Dependents of a non-resident parent with a Study Permit who is enrolled in a post secondary institution who are required to pay fees when attending school.
Canadian Citizens simply need to meet the registration guidelines and document requirements to register.
According to the same Toronto District School Board (TDSB) document, Students (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) who are under
18 whose parents live outside Toronto, outside Ontario or outside Canada need to show proof of a guardian. If the student’s guardian is an immediate family member and living within the school’s boundary (attendance area), then a written agreement between the parents and
the guardian stating that the guardian is assuming full responsibility for the student’s education is required.
We suggest that you confirm this information by looking at this sample Toronto District School Board (TDSB) requirements chart and that you contact the School Board in the area where your children will be moving to.
In terms of OHIP, the waiting period begins on the date they establish residence in Ontario. The coverage begins when the waiting period ends - after three calendar months.
You can find some detailed information on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website in the With the waiting period, when am I eligible for OHIP coverage? section.
I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.
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