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Canadian Expats-Enrolling kids in High School


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.