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Can my children be denied entry to school? 

lsingh156
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Posted On: 1/3/2022
lsingh156
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hello everyone, i am married to a canadian citizen living within canada and awaiting on my PR status. i have twins that are 7 years old but i am told they cannot enroll in school.

Can someone provide some more clarification on this: As it is still states that "immigration status is needed as part of the requirement.

It is important to know that all children aged 6-18 can and must attend school, regardless of their immigration status or the immigration status of their parents. This is outlined in the Education Act,




thank you inadvance.
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Posted On: 1/4/2022
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Thank you for sharing your question with us. We can empathize that the enrollment process isn't as straightforward as it could be.

Regarding your question you can find the information in our Settlement.Org article How do I enrol my child in school?

You may find this excerpt particularly helpful:
It is important to know that all children aged 6-18 can and must 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: "A person who is otherwise entitled to be admitted to a school and who is less than eighteen years of age shall not be refused admission because the person or the person’s parent or guardian is unlawfully in Canada."


The only documents required for enrolment are

  • Proof of your child’s age - You can use their birth certificate, passport or other travel or identity documents
  • Proof of address - If you don’t have an Ontario Photo ID card or Ontario Driver’s License you can provide a bank statement, utility bill, or lease that shows your name and address
  • Proof of guardianship - Only needed if you are not the child’s parent
  • Immunization Records - You can get a printout from their health care provider


Should the administration deny enrollment you can ask to speak with the principal. If you are still being refused you can escalate your concerns starting with your School Board Trustee.




We hope this information is helpful. If you have any follow-up questions, please feel free to post them to the discussion forum here.

Theresa
Your Settlement.Org Team,
Information & Referral Specialist - CCRS
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