Canadian Homeschool Laws: Quebec

Canadian Homeschool Laws: Quebec

As of July 2018, laws and regulations surrounding homeschooling in Quebec HAVE CHANGED. I’m still working on finding someone to help update this post with current and up-to-date information, so in the meantime – please reference AQED’s 2018 Suggestions Guide for Parents. You can download it from the link at the bottom of THIS PAGE.


 

 

 

 

In Quebec the ONLY law for homeschoolers is the following:

Education Act
DIVISION II

COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

15. The following students are exempt from compulsory school attendance:

(4) a student who receives home schooling and benefits from an educational experience which, according to an evaluation made by or for the school board, are equivalent to what is provided at school.

Steps to Homeschool in Quebec:

If you are a member of HSLDA, call them first to make sure you give the School Board only what is neccessary.

If you are already registered in a School Board:
Send a letter to the School Board stating that you are going to homeschool your child and a list of books you will use to school your child.  Do not sign any contracts or any of the School Board documents. Once that is done wait for the school board to contact you and be in constant contact with the HSLDA so they can help guide you throughout the process.

If your child isn’t registered in a school, you have two options:
1. Start homeschooling your child without telling the school board.

2. Send a letter telling the School Board you are homeschooling your child.

As with the first option, if you are a member of HSLDA, call them and be in constant contact with the HSLDA so they can help guide you throughout the process.   Unfortunately, the School Boards in Quebec try to scare parents and use their inexperience in education to get the parents to sign contracts that are not in the best interest of the child. Thus the reason certain parents decide not to tell the School Board.

Because the law is very vague each school board has their own interpretation.  Most School Boards are very hard on homeschoolers and call Youth Protection Services the minute a parent tells the School Board they will homeschool, even though homeschooling is legal.  They usually have higher standards for homeschoolers than for their teachers.  Most school boards have a limited or no knowledge of what homeschooling is and have no interesting in finding out.  This confrontational attitude towards homeschoolers has forced certain homeschoolers to go underground.  There are two small school boards in Quebec who have different attitudes and want to help homeschoolers not control them.  Unfortunately, the majority of school boards still see homeschoolers as a threat to education.  Attitudes are very slowly changing but it is still very much two steps forward three steps back in Quebec.

In Quebec, homeschoolers get no money/educational resources or support from the School Board/Governement.  Yet School Boards want to control everything that the parent does.  This is where support groups and networking are the key.

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Compiled by Amber Lawerence

I am a homeschooling mom of 3, living in Rawdon, Quebec.  I am the founder of the Association d’ Enfants Scolarisés à la Maison (AESM)/Association of Children Educated at Home (ACEH).  Visit our website www.ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org.  We are also on Facebook.  I am in the process of helping my School Board change their attitude towards homeschoolers.

128 Comment(s)

  • by dolores flagle Posted September 14, 2012 4:41 am

    i am interested in home schooling …i dont know where to begin…school board isnt much help. i live in saint-norbert. i am english and my son has always attended french school. do i have to home school in french…i dont know the language well enough to teach .is it possible to have teaching materials in english and student materials in french…my understanding is the school board will give final exams in french to my child. they really have me confused…i need alot of answers…but most importantly is my child deserves his education.

    • by admin Posted September 14, 2012 11:33 pm

      Hi Dolores, Can you email me and we can talk more about this? Thanks Lee

      • by Valerie Posted August 1, 2018 5:24 am

        Hi there i really need some answers could we get in touch by email please 🙂

      • by Kelly Posted April 12, 2019 4:23 am

        Please help me as I have a child special needs and misses lots of school and without having trouble be able to homeschool gin till he recovers
        He is registered in laval school plz what steps land letter to whom to I have to send

        • by LisaMarie Posted April 15, 2019 8:41 pm

          Hey Kelly,
          Please try to connect with AQED (https://www.aqed.qc.ca/en) They will be best able to help you figure out what you need to do.

  • by Ksenia Posted November 30, 2012 5:37 pm

    Hi,
    I want to start home-schooling my daughter in English even though I’m in Quebec and French is the main language. The reason for that is that there is a strong possibility that we move to Ontario in the next few years and I want to teach her in a language that I am more comfortable with. I want to know if that is possible or even legal since I studied my whole life in a French school in Montreal (which didn’t help much since I know English better than French) and my husband’s 5 years of elementary school in Ontario don’t really count due to him not having his Canadian citizenship. I don’t even know where to register, which books I need to buy and, basically, I don’t know where to start. I want to make sure I have everything right from the beginning.

    • by admin Posted December 2, 2012 6:05 pm

      Hi Ksenia! Send us an email and we can help guide you through the steps and get you connected with other Quebec homeschoolers to help you. -Lee

      • by Fatimah Posted July 27, 2015 4:44 pm

        Hi
        I am planning to home school my 2 kids and I live in Montreal . My kids are registered with Lester b Pearson schools
        How can I do that
        Thank you

        • by LisaMarie Posted July 28, 2015 7:36 am

          sent you an email to connect you with my friend in QC. 🙂

  • by mei Posted February 20, 2013 8:32 pm

    last yr I decided to homeschool my 9 yr old without registering him to any of the school boards. just yesterday the youth protection called me n scaring the hell out of me saying that im breaking the law. my 4th grader is doing his homeschool curriculum and other things and I just dnt know wht to do now. she made it sound really scarry on wht I did tht I didn’t actually signed him on any schoolboard. pls I need sum advice

    • by Lee Fisher Posted February 20, 2013 11:37 pm

      Where abouts are you located? Best to email us -Lee

  • by Barbara Posted April 8, 2013 12:20 am

    We have been home schooling our 5 yr old for a year now in MB but just found out my husband is being transferred to Ottawa/Gatineau. We want to live in Gatineau but are concerned about the school board there causing trouble for us as a home schooling family. Anyone know anything about this area?
    Thank you.

    • by Lee Fisher Posted April 10, 2013 9:56 pm

      Hi Barbara, If you are on facebook please join us at Homeschool Swap: Canada and we can set you up with others in the area. -Lee

  • by megan desouza Posted September 13, 2013 2:58 am

    Hi
    I’d like to homeschool my 6yr old. We live in India now but have Canadian passports, indian residence but canadian nationality. Could I still be eligible for registering for homeschooling in Canada?
    Thanks!
    Megan.

    • by Lee Fisher Posted September 13, 2013 9:12 pm

      Hi Megan, As far as we know the only way to register as a homeschooler in Canada is to live in the Country itself with an address here.

  • by Caitlin Posted November 29, 2013 12:13 am

    Hi, im 16 and want to be homeschooled but we dont know how to start or what books and such things to get or where to them. My parents said if i can get the information i can be homeschooled

    • by Lee Fisher Posted November 29, 2013 4:29 pm

      Hi Caitlin, I have a great contact in Quebec that would be able to help you answer these questions. Please email me for more information. -Lee

  • by Wendy Posted December 12, 2013 4:58 pm

    Hello,

    First, I commend you on your site and your generosity with the time and assistance you offer to all these families, God bless you!
    I am conflicted with sending my daughter to school next year and have strongly considered homeschooling, there is an English school in Quebec City as she is more comfortable in English; however, I have a problem sending her to any school for that matter because of the way in which children are taught, and of course, there is no instruction in catechism.
    I’m running out of time to make this decision and have no idea where to start in order to prepare for homeschooling and meeting the required law(s).

    • by Lee Fisher Posted December 12, 2013 8:54 pm

      Hi Wendy, I have an amazing contact in Quebec that will be able to help you. Email me at homeschoolcanada@shaw.ca and I can point you in the right direction. -Lee

  • by Elizabeth Posted January 12, 2014 4:34 am

    Hello!
    My family and I are moving to a new region in Quebec. I am 16 years old and I have one year to go to finish my secondary education. For my last year, I would like to be homeschooled and my parents don’t mind. Is it possible? If yes, what shall we do? Thank you in advance

    • by Lee Fisher Posted January 14, 2014 5:47 am

      I have an excellent contact in Quebec that would be able to help you. Please email us at homeschoolcanada@shaw.ca for more information!

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  • by Gabrielle Posted January 27, 2014 11:24 pm

    Hello,

    I have two children, 6 and 8, in the Montreal English School Board. Is it possible to partially home school the children? I want to homeschool them from Christmas Break to March break. This way, we could divide our time between our Montreal home and our Florida home, while still giving the children the benefit of a school community.

    Thank you,
    Gabrielle

    • by Lee Fisher Posted January 31, 2014 11:42 pm

      Hi Gabrielle, IF you email me I can point you in the direction of someone who can help answer your questions. – Lee

  • by Catherine Posted February 22, 2014 10:46 pm

    Hi,

    I am a single mom living in the bigger Montreal area and would like to homeschool my teenage son, even though I have a 9 to 5 job.

    We tried regular school and alternative program, but neither seem to be very good for him; he has good grades, but is often sick due to a fragile immune system.

    I have the capacity of teaching him at home (got 2 bachelor’s), but I have been seriously scared by child protective services when I tried to homeschool him from pre-school.

    Can anyone help me? I is doable? Can he still go to cegep and/or university? Furthermore, can I ‘enroll’ him in a French programm instead of the Quebec one?

    Please help!

    • by Lee Fisher Posted March 7, 2014 9:55 pm

      Hi Catherine, Please email me and I can get you in touch with my amazing Quebec contact! -Lee

  • by Linda Posted February 23, 2014 12:27 am

    Hello I started to homeschool my daughter age 7 this year, we live in Shawinigan Qc and the school board and the school told me that they are going to be calling youth protection because I refused to sign a school contract… did I do wrong by not signing the contract… please I am a mom that is getting really nervous… my daughter is dyslexic and I am working really close to my daughter in order to give her the best education possible… what to do now

    • by Lee Fisher Posted March 7, 2014 10:01 pm

      Hi Linda, SO sorry to hear about that. I have an amazing contact in Quebec who can help you. Please email when you can and I can set you up with her right away. -Lee

  • by Eli Abiraad Posted March 29, 2014 6:10 am

    Morning Lee,
    We are a Canadian family living outside Canada and planning to go back in Summer 2015. We have a 12yrs old boy with a low level of Down Syndrome. He has been attending a normal scheme school in Kuwait, Middle East, and we were trying to help him live a normal life. He is in Year 6 now. He is very smart and can coop just fine with a normal kind of an environment. Before going back to Montreal in summer 2015, we intend to put him on home schooling next year, if possible. So once we go back, he can continue the home schooling there.
    Would appreciate advising us, or leading us to someone who can, on the norms of such cases, if any.
    Thanks
    Eli

  • by Trish Posted May 8, 2014 8:27 pm

    I am really thinking about home school. I am an early childhood educator, so i know id be good up until grade one but would i have to order lesson plans from something like oak meadow? And where can i find the laws for home schooling in shawville quebec?

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 14, 2014 6:25 pm

      Homeschooling in Quebec seems to be a little more complicated than most of the other provinces. I invite you to visit this website: http://homeschoolcanada.ca/quebec/quebec-support-listings/ and contact one (or more) of the support groups that are listed there. They will be able to explain more about homeschooling in Quebec in detail since they are experienced in it.

  • by Jack Posted July 12, 2014 10:45 pm

    Hi
    This is a drop off the normal path, but I was wondering if you could help me. If I wanted to keep my child [secondary] home and out of the local schools, aside from homeschooling, would it satisfy Quebec requirements if I enrolled my child in a distance learning program in an accredited US school? He would get a high school diploma via accredited online classes. Thanks for your help !

    • by LisaMarie Posted July 13, 2014 7:22 am

      Hi Jack,
      Thanks for stopping by and your question. That’s a great one. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer. I do know that Quebec has a lot more challenging a homeschool environment that most of the rest of Canada. To find out an answer, I recommend that you:
      a) connect with the HSLDA. (www.hslda.ca). They are the legal knowledge for homeschooling in Canada.
      b) contact a local homeschool group or quebec homeschool association such as: http://www.aqed.qc.ca/en/ or http://www.acpeq.org/en/index.html

  • by Jennifer Posted August 18, 2014 4:21 pm

    Hello,

    I’m interested in home schooling my son. He’s 7 going on 8 and is having a hard time at school. is there any option in Gatineau for home schooling children?

    • by LisaMarie Posted August 19, 2014 8:51 am

      Hi Jennifer. Homeschooling is legal in every province and territory of Canada (yay!) However, Quebec seems to have the most challenging environment to do so. I recommend the following. First, connect with the HSLDA (www.hslda.ca) as they are the legal force that supports homeschoolers across the country). Next, connect with some homeschool networks in the province – such as http://www.ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org/, http://www.aqed.qc.ca/, or https://www.acpeq.org/
      From there, you can likely find a support group, information on what you need to do to get started, and learn about homeschooling in that province. I also invite you to check out my new ebook – How to Homeschool in Canada – as I’ve put lots of resources in there which might help.
      If you have any other questions, please let me know and I’ll try to help. Good luck and all the best with your homeschooling journey.

  • by nacy Posted September 8, 2014 11:16 pm

    Hello
    my child just started grade 5. I am thinking about homeschooling now, we luce in laval. Can anyone point me in the right direction please? I also have a child in grade 2 and a three year old.
    thank you.

    • by LisaMarie Posted September 9, 2014 1:58 pm

      Hi Nancy,
      If you haven’t already, I invite you to sign up to get my ebook – it’s got a lot of great information about getting started with homeschool all across the country. For Quebec, here are some great groups to connect with:

      Association Québécoise pour l’éducation à domicile (French site): http://www.aqed.qc.ca/
      Association of Christian Parent Educators of Québec (bilingual site): http://www.acpeq.org/en/index.html
      Association d’Enfants Scolarisés à la Maison (AESM)/Association of Children Educated at Home (ACEH) : http://www.ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org/

      I hope that helps.

  • by Monique Posted October 2, 2014 3:22 pm

    We want to take our daughter out of the system and homeschool her (we’ve homeschooled in another province previously) and am wondering why homeschoolers here need to write Ministry exams, especially when the secondary exams won’t result in ‘graduation’?

    • by LisaMarie Posted October 7, 2014 8:28 pm

      Hi Monique,

      I popped you a quick email connecting you with a homeschooler in QC who will be better able to answer your question than I can. Quebec is a very challenging province to homeschool in.

  • by Doreen Clark Posted October 16, 2014 2:39 am

    I want to start homeschooling my child (I’m a mother of 2 with no diploma ) I only want to homeschool one child because she is getting bullied. I’m a stay at home mom and my spouse works. I live in rouyn-noranda. Do you think I can just do online classes (Rosetta stone , HSLDA)

  • by Monique Manatch Posted December 2, 2014 11:44 am

    Hi!
    I’m looking for information about homeschooling my son. We’re english speaking living in Aylmer, QC. I’m not sure what steps to take or how to get started. If you could please contact me I would really appreciate that!
    Regards,
    Monique Manatch

    • by LisaMarie Posted December 5, 2014 11:11 am

      Hi Monique, I’ll pop you an email. 🙂

  • by Melanie Posted December 5, 2014 1:52 pm

    I have a 4 year old daughter who I’ve been teaching at home since she was a baby. She is currently completing Grade 1 math, reads at probably a Grade 2 level, is learning to write, etc, etc. The one subject I am concerned about is french. I want her to learn and be comfortable in french. I plan to homeschool her for all of her school years. However, I have been toying with the idea of putting her in half day kindergarten when she turns 5. There is only full day here, but would just have her be absent every afternoon. As I’m a single mother, I feel its in her best interests to spend the morning in a french environment which we will consider her “french class”, while I can work from home in the morning, and then she’ll have my full attention to homeschool the other subjects in the afternoon. I have been told by many not to put her in school as Quebec is not very homeschooling friendly, and once she’s on their radar, putting her in school for kindergarten is not worth the hassle I will later have. However, I do feel this part time school attendance is in my daughter’s overall best interests. Am I making a foolish decision? Also, does Quebec at all support part time enrolment for certain subjects in future grades. Is there any info on that? For example, if she could go to school in future grades for only the part of the day where they have french class, that would be extremely ideal. Or is it full time enrolment or nothing. Thanks in advance.

  • by Valerie Posted January 22, 2015 6:43 pm

    Hello, I am the Mom of a 12 year old. We moved here to Repentigny last October. He is in grade 6. He has ADHD and anxiety disorder and his new school here is realy not giving him any support. They keep saying they want to reevaluate him, but we are now almost in February, my son is freaked out with school because he doesn’t get any support and I have to work each evenings at least 3 hours at home to help him. I am seriously thinking of homeschooling him, but I do not have a clue where to start. Could somebody give me a hand please? Thank you soooo much!!!

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 24, 2015 7:19 am

      Hi Valerie,
      Thanks so much for the message. I’ve sent you an email cc’d with a contact in Quebec who will be able to help you. 🙂
      Let me know if you need any more help,
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Andrew Posted January 25, 2015 2:56 pm

    Hello;

    My wife and I are moving to the val-des-monts/notre-dame-de-la-salette with our year old baby. We are looking for the possibility of a shared homeschooling program for our children with other parents/teaching groups in the area. If there is also an option from these groups for daycare, I would like to discuss options here.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks 🙂

    Andrew

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 27, 2015 2:23 pm

      Hi Andrew,
      I’m not sure if you will be able to find what you are looking for, but I’ve sent you an email to my Quebec contact. Hopefully she might have some ideas!
      All the best,
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Monique J. Posted January 27, 2015 12:47 pm

    Hello,
    I’m a mother of two girls in secondary 1 and 3 in Québec. We have decided to homeschool since my daughters are very bright and creative and are not at all motivated within the school system. They are very responsable and do very well in school so I know that they will do fine outside of the system. We live in the Eastern Townships, the girls go to Richmond Regional High School in Richmond, Qc which is part of the Eastern Townships school board. I would like to know if you know anyone in my region that could tell me how to go about the transition (we have not told the school yet) and also where I can find homeschooling material that reflects the Quebec education programme?
    Thank you,
    Monique J.

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 27, 2015 2:26 pm

      Monique, I’ve popped you an email to connect you with my contact in Quebec – hopefully she can help answer your question!
      All the best,
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Natasha Rooplal Posted February 9, 2015 5:39 am

    Hello, my son is in his first year of high school and I am thinking about home schooling him. He goes to a French school board and I am not sure of the procedures. I would like to home school him in English. Where do I start? Should I become a member of HSLDA?

    Thanks,
    Natasha

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 9, 2015 7:44 am

      Hi Natasha,

      I would highly recommend at least connecting with the HSLDA to see their recommendation. Also, I’m going to send you an email to connect you with a lady in QC who is very knowledgeable about what steps to take there. 🙂

      Lisa Marie.

  • by Sandra Hould Posted February 9, 2015 3:04 pm

    I have just emailed you guys, I am at a loss when it comes to homeschooling, but I do think that maybe it will be an option for my daughter. I do hope to get an email soon, it would help in this difficult process.
    God bless and have a wonderful day.
    Sandra – Malartic, Qc, Canada

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 9, 2015 6:44 pm

      Hi Sandra,
      I don’t seem to have any email that matches your address here with this comment. I’m working through them tonight – hopefully I will be able to answer yours if it’s one of those in my inbox.
      If not, please email me at thecanadianhomeschooler@gmail.com
      Thanks!
      Lisa Marie.

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  • by Tina Eckerlin Posted March 2, 2015 9:44 am

    Hi,
    I have 2 children in the school system right now: my daughter in kindergarten, and my son (who is repeating grade one).

    I am seriously considering homeschooling due to my sons needs for extra help. He was diagnosed with ADHD, speech apraxia, and we fear that there is yet another learning disability. He is quite bright, and he has had some wonderful teachers, but truly requires more 1 on 1 help.

    I am very concerned with the process here in Western Quebec, and don’t even know where to begin despite my research.

    Could you help point me in the right direction?

    Thanks,
    Tina

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 4, 2015 8:05 am

      Hi Tina,

      I can totally appreciate your challenge to find information. I’ve popped you an email to connect you with an awesome homeschooling advocate in QC. Hopefully that will help.

      Let me know if you need any more information. 🙂

      Lisa Marie.

  • by Marivic Miranda Posted April 16, 2015 5:38 am

    Hi,
    My son is in Grade 7, and I am considering home schooling him because lately, he is suffering from anxiety. I have trouble getting him ready for school every morning. Can you help me how to get it started?
    I highly appreciate it if you can give me more information.
    Thank you and hoping for your reply.
    .

    • by LisaMarie Posted April 24, 2015 8:26 am

      Hi there.
      I popped you an email to connect you with a friend in QC who is better able to help you directly with your question. I know you will be in good hands!
      Let me know if you need any more help,
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Ani Posted May 12, 2015 12:33 am

    Hi,
    I have a daughter who has just turned 6, i have been homeschooling her so far. The schoolboard here requires the parent to sign a contract that i feel totally corners the parent,that i do not want to sign but I have heard stories so i am all paranoid. Would like to connect with other homeschoolers as well. Thank you for any help and advice in advance

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 16, 2015 10:02 am

      Those are some valid concerns. I’d recommend that you connect with the HSLDA (www.hslda.ca) first of all – they are experts in legal matters to do with homeschooling across Canada. Second, if you are on Facebook, we can help you find some other homeschoolers in QC to connect with. Feel free to join us at Homeschool Swap: Canada if you are. Next, I’ve forwarded your question to a friend in QC who is better able to help you with your provincial questions. All the best on your journey.

  • by Mayra Posted May 31, 2015 2:23 pm

    Hi! I want to homeschool my daughter she will be in grade 9. I don’t know where to start, Please I need some help!

    • by LisaMarie Posted June 2, 2015 10:43 am

      Hi Mayra,

      I’ll send you an email. 🙂

      Lisa Marie.

  • by M. Salvatore Posted July 19, 2015 1:38 pm

    Hello,
    This is a different question from a different person… I’m in high school, I’m 15 and turning 16 in December, I suffer from anxiety, I’m recovering from an 8 year depression, I have regular panic attacks and I’m transgender (also known as Gendee Dysphoria). All of these together (and more that I don’t need to include; you get the basic idea) make me afraid to go to school, even though I know I’m ‘safe’ there. I’ve been homeschooled in grade 1 for over half of the year since the school had me kicked out because I was bullied (I know… it’s ridiculous) and when I went back to public school the next year, I was in an advanced class.
    I’ve been thinking about going back to homeschooling for a bit over a ywar now, however I don’t know where to get the supplies (textbooks, workbooks/sheets, etc) nor the cost. I was also wondering if there was a possibility of learning at your own pace; as in, if you have the capacity to fit a whole school year in four months, would it be allowed?
    Thank you in advance,
    M.

    • by LisaMarie Posted July 20, 2015 11:19 am

      Hi M

      I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been having a tough time with school. I’ve sent you an email to connect you with my QC contact who should be better able to help you find the answers you need.

      All the best,
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Marcela Posted July 27, 2015 10:52 pm

    Hi. My children have been attending school in English as we came to Canada with a work permit. We became permanent residents on February of this year and now my children are not allowed to continue their studies in the same schools they have been attending to the past five years. One is going to Secondary Four and the other one to Grade Four. I can’t afford private English school for both. Can you please let me know what I have to do to homeschool my children?

    • by LisaMarie Posted July 28, 2015 7:36 am

      sent you an email to connect you with my friend in QC. 🙂

  • by namie Posted August 2, 2015 6:20 pm

    i have two boys. We were first temporary resident and got eligibility to send children in english. My older one passed high school and is in college now. However my younger son 13 was going to english high school till 2014 June. He is diagnosed with ADHD. i applied to school board to extend eligibility as he has other learning disabilities too. Govt wants more and more proof for his disability. i don’t know really what to do. he would not be able to survive in French et all. Please help.

    • by LisaMarie Posted August 4, 2015 6:24 am

      Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that you are having some challenges. Although Im not sure completely if you are looking for help related to homeschooling or if you are more looking for support with the school board, I’ve sent you an email to connect you with my friend, Amber, who might be able to help you find a solution. Good luck with your journey.

  • by Nick Posted August 26, 2015 7:33 am

    Hello,

    Not quite the same questions here, however I’ll ask anyways. lol
    I’ve been ‘home-schooled’ my entire life. From 6 to 17. I feel I haven’t learned anything since my single mother didn’t give me any study matieral, nor taught me. I’ve just realized how much of a problem this is for my future at this age. I know quite a bit by myself of studies but haven’t picked up any school books ever. I’m looking into getting to study everything I missed out on my life but I have no idea. I could hack at science/math from different websites but it seems pointless since I’m missing big gaps.

    I don’t feel like going back to school, I’ll feel like an idiot not understanding basic stuff. I’d rather learn it 8hours a day at home and get diploma by 19. Is this possible?

    • by LisaMarie Posted September 10, 2015 8:50 pm

      I’ve sent you an email. 🙂 I’m not sure we can help find you what you need or not, but hopefully we can at least point you in a direction!

  • by Tina Posted December 29, 2015 5:35 pm

    Hi, My son is 5 and I am debating whether to send him to a special school or home schooling him. He is physically disabled and mentally as well. He needs assistance eating, sitting, ect. He plays with toys that are approximately 6 months to a year, so would not be able to learn a normal curiculum. Ive looked for information everywhere and am not sure what my options are. He is in a wheel chair as well, as he cannot walk. I am very nervous about sending him to a school for these reasons. I know him well, hes not comfortable with new people, or loud noises and the list goes on. I live in St.Hubert , Quebec and would really appreciate being pointed in the right direction. thank you so much.

    • by LisaMarie Posted December 31, 2015 10:28 pm

      Tina,
      I’m going to pop you an email with a contact in QC. She might be able to direct you best!

  • by Dina Posted January 3, 2016 8:47 pm

    Hi, I’m thinking about homeschooling my 13 year old daughter. We live in western Quebec. Not sure where to start and the books we’ll need. Any help would be great.

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 6, 2016 6:43 am

      I’m sending you an email to connect you with my QC contact. Hopefully she can help you find the information you need!

      • by Lynn Posted February 11, 2016 2:15 am

        May I please have the email address for your contact in Quebec, I am with the West Quebec School Board! Thank you

        • by LisaMarie Posted February 11, 2016 7:40 am

          I’ll pop you an email. 🙂

        • by Stephanie Posted September 7, 2016 2:22 pm

          Hi Lynn
          Have you started homeschooling your child/dress if so I’m interested in how the process went…I too am with WQSB and thinking of homeschooling my daughter
          Thank you

          S7ephanie@msn.com

  • by Nadia Barnard Posted March 1, 2016 11:47 am

    Hi, I am thinking of homeschooling my 3 kids ages 7,9,12. We started the school year in California and then moved to Germany and then back to Boston for awhile. We are now back in Quebec (St-Raymond) and I simply can’t put my kids in yet another school this year so I have decided to homeschool them until the end of the year at least. I have no idea where to start and who I need to talk to and contact. I would really appreciate some help and guidance. Thank you!

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 2, 2016 7:47 am

      Popping you an email with a connection to my friend in QC who will best be able to answer this question 🙂

    • by Kathleen Hayden Posted January 25, 2017 5:00 pm

      Hi Nadia,

      I homeschool my child in Florida and we are considering moving to Quebec and we would be neighbors, as we would be in the Lac Sergent area. If you get this message, I would be happy to hear from you. Please feel free to email me. Kathleenhayden1971@gmail.com

  • by Liz Posted March 23, 2016 10:41 pm

    I live in Montreal and am interested in homeschooling my 11 year old. She has been attending a French Waldorf private school which we can no longer afford. I am able to put her in English public school, however I feel she would be behind most kids in her grade (in relation to what is taught at public schools vs the Waldorf philosophy). I have no idea what the school board expects her to know by the end of Grade 5 and what the Ministry exams will hold for her. Can I homeschool her for Grade 6 ?

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 25, 2016 8:18 am

      Sending you an email. 🙂

  • by Sheeda Posted September 4, 2016 11:37 am

    Hi, I live in Gatineau area and my daughter just started grade 3 at commission des draveurs. We are currently having some issues with transportation. The board has cancelled school bus in our area and I had to register her in daycare. However, I know it will be a struggle for our family. I am on maternity leave right now and I would like to try homeschool her for this year. By hearing about the probable reaction of school board, I am feeling scared to initiate the process. Can please someone help me and guide me on the process and tell me more about the evaluation. Thank you

    • by LisaMarie Posted September 4, 2016 6:12 pm

      I sent you an email with a connection for you!

  • by julie Posted October 4, 2016 4:21 pm

    hello, i live in ville-marie temiscamingue and would like to homeschool my son who is having great difficulties at school. heis in the 6th grade and was held back in nd grade. teachers and direction keep suggesting ritalin and iam totally against it but they get childrens aid involved and iam left with no choice. this would probably have them callingchildrens aid also. what are my options? i really believe my son would excel at home. thankyou for any advice

    • by LisaMarie Posted October 6, 2016 7:12 am

      Hi Julie,

      I’m going to pop you an email to connect you with my QB contact.

      Lisa Marie.

  • by JAD Posted November 24, 2016 2:31 pm

    Hello, I am in the greater Montreal area. My son is just 1 year old, but already we know that he is intellectually advanced. My issue with the school system is the incredible amount of time that is wasted in classes designed to suit the general population, not to mention the late age at which we start teaching our children! My son was born in November and so he will be almost 7 by the time he will be allowed to start school, which is unacceptable to me. My issue with homeschooling is that almost all of the information I have found is religion based and almost cult-like to be honest. What I really need is a secular curriculum that I can teach my child or recommendations for schools that think outside the box and can help my son to move through the system more quickly and efficiently. I’m open to suggestions!

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 29, 2016 7:56 am

      Hi Julie-Anne. Thank you for stopping by The Canadian Homeschooler. IT sounds like you are putting a lot of thought into your child’s educational future. Good for you to be proactive. I would, however, caution you to not jump too far ahead too quickly. Children learn so much through non-formal learning and play in the early years. Intellectually advanced or not (and honestly, it’s hard to tell at 1 years old), it’s usually in your child’s best interest to not push formal academics on them until they are older. 7 is actually a well-studied recommendation for best learning start. But – you know your own children best so I will share with you the resources I know of.

      In regards to curriculum, here are a few secular options that you might want to look into:

      Oak Meadow – http://oakmeadow.com/ – It is a sort-of “Waldorf”ish approach to learning.
      BookShark – http://www.bookshark.com/ – using Literature as the main spine of learning

      In the early years, check out Five in a Row. It’s written by Christians – yes, but doesn’t seem to have any Christian teachings inside. It uses a picture book to build a study.

      You can always build your own curriculum through unit studies or even look into unschooling, which allows your child to learn through their own personal interests.

      I hope that helps a little.
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Liza Norton Posted February 2, 2017 5:00 pm

    Hi! I have been doing a lot of research about homeschooling and we are leaning very heavily in that direction! We are located in the Eastern Townships where homeschooling is generally not heard of! Can you point me in any direction for further information or resources? Particularly those pertaining to required home evaluations and assessments! Thank you!!

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 16, 2017 2:12 pm

      Hi Liza,

      I’ll pop you an email!
      Lisa Marie.

  • by DM Posted March 7, 2017 10:31 am

    Hello! We have recently moved to the Eastern Townships and having a very hard time with the French secondary schools here. Our kids were homeschooled in the US and we’d like to start again in Quebec. Can you send along your homeschooling contact? Thank you!

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 13, 2017 6:33 am

      Popping you an email!

  • by Genny Posted March 16, 2017 5:10 pm

    Hi, i am interested in homeschooling my 12 year old son and dont know where to start?? some advice is needed please

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 19, 2017 7:36 am

      Sent you an email. 🙂

  • by Jennifer Posted May 12, 2017 4:29 pm

    Hi. We are planning on moving from the States to Quebec this summer. We have a 17 yr old who is finishing his junior year in high school and a 15 year old who is finishing her freshman year. My husband is French-Canadian and I am American. We would like our son to be able to complete his high school diploma since he only has one more year. Would this possible through homeschooling? And we have contacted several secondary schools in Quebec for our daughter and have been told that she would need to take and pass the Sec. 4 Ministry exams at the end of next year. She speaks some French but has done all her schooling in English. Would you be able to provide some guidance for us?

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 16, 2017 6:03 am

      Hi Jennifer,
      Popped you an email to connect you with my QC contact. Hopefully she can help. 🙂
      Lisa Marie.

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  • by Vincent Berardinucci Posted July 2, 2017 11:10 am

    Howdy!
    I am a teacher and have been thinking about my newborn’s education a lot lately. I would like to home School but am concerned about the lack of social interactions with peers if she isn’t at school. What I would like to know is would it be possible for me to homeschool other students as well, say 4-5 students as well as my own children. Thanks for this site (it’s quite useful) and thanks for taking the time to answer me.

    • by LisaMarie Posted July 3, 2017 8:01 am

      HI Vincent,

      Thanks for the question. I’m going to recommend that you connect with one of the QC homeschool associations for an answer about teaching multiple children, because I don’t really know what QC’s rules are about that. I will say that Quebec is one of the most challenging province to homeschool in, and they are in the middle of doing some reforms to their laws. You might want to try http://ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org/ and see what they suggest.

      BUT, I can address the socializating myth. For some reason, people have this idea that homeschool kids live in a bubble where they never see or interact with other people or kids. It’s not true. At all. There are often homeschool groups you can join to do social things together, you can sign up your kids for sports teams and community clubs like scouting and city run programs. There are trips to the grocery store, the library, the playground. You can take your kids to volunteer at senior’s centres and other places. If you have neighbours, if you have siblings, if you have family nearby, if there are other people somewhere near you that you can talk to or do anything with ….. then your child will be fine.

      School was never really designed to be a social place. And it’s not always a positive one either.

      Anyways, I hope that helps you a little. You can do just fine homeschooling your little one. 🙂 (And you have lots of time to build and connect with a community near you if she is still a baby. 🙂 )

      All the best,
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Christin Posted November 15, 2017 5:20 pm

    Hi im a mom of fhree boys only one is in school and he is failing… not because he isnt smart when he is at home he does very well but in school he cant concentrate and always wants to play woth his friends forgets to bring homework home rushes through his work to play… and ive tried EVERYTHING! he is in grade three and he is failing 🙁 i think home schooling would be better for him so he can concentrate .

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 16, 2017 9:44 am

      That sounds like it might be a good solution for you and your excited son. 🙂 I have one like that – he would rather do ANYTHING other than official schoolwork but he’s super smart. I hope you find a great fit.

  • by MarieAndreeL Posted November 20, 2017 2:31 pm

    Please note that on November 9, 2017, bill 144 was just voted in at the Quebec National Assembly, giving more power to homeschoolers and less interaction with schoolboards. This is real good news for homeschooling families. This http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/travaux-parlementaires/projets-loi/projet-loi-144-41-1.html

  • by hana Posted January 6, 2018 1:53 pm

    Hello,
    My kid has been bullied for a while and he’s been coerced into doing some things against his will and it got him into serious trouble. I don’t want him to have to deal with any of that ever again, I can’t trust the school to handle it anymore. I want to homeschool my child for what’s left of the year because we can’t change schools in the middle of the school year and I don’t know to proceed, can you please enlighten me? it’s pretty urgent. Thank you so much.

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 8, 2018 7:52 am

      Hi Hana,
      I sent you an email to hopefully connect you with someone in QC who might be able to help direct you in the right direction.

  • by Jennifer Posted January 22, 2018 11:22 am

    Hi. I live in gatineau and I plan on homeschooling my daughter. She turns 4 this year. I know it’s early but I want to be ready. Are there resources available for planning a curriculum and meeting up with local homeschoolers?

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 29, 2018 4:56 pm

      Let me pop you a question and see if we can find you an answer!

  • by Tricia Posted January 27, 2018 9:07 am

    My family are US citizens who recently (5 weeks past) moved to the island of Montreal, in Quebec for my husband’s job. Despite having the necessary paperwork and approvals to be educated in English, my youngest was put into a French immersion elementary school. He has severe anxiety, and was already having a hard time with the idea of a completely new school. The school principal who has witnessed some of my son’s reactions to this huge change has told me “her hands are tied” when it comes to special services to get him through this emotional crisis. In my husband’s and my eyes, the only good option here is to homeschool. We’re both educated people, and I stay home with the kids so I have the time & resources. Please help me to understand my rights and my son’s rights, and can the HSLDA really help me living in Canada?

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 29, 2018 4:51 pm

      Hi Tricia,

      I’m going to email you and see if we can find you some answers to your questions!

  • by Jadyn Posted January 31, 2018 12:16 pm

    Hi, I really do not like the environment at school and it is driving me crazy. I keep begging my mom to home school me and she has been checking out how to do so, but she did not find anything to guide her properly. She is scared that they might take me away if I we do not go through it the proper way. I am 15 years old, can you please tell us what to do? By the way, we live in Montreal, Quebec. Thank you.

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 2, 2018 7:43 am

      Hi Jadyn,
      I’m going to email you and see if we can connect you with someone in Quebec who can help you figure out what you need to do.
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Vicki Posted February 5, 2018 10:50 pm

    I have a 6-year-old who is miserable at school. He is an anxious child and the school does not know how to deal with his anxiety. He keeps getting in trouble instead (becomes he sometimes tries to hide under his desk, or behind a bookshelf, or tries to sing to himself to sooth his anxiety). I have tried patiently, nicely to work with them but they just dismiss me every time I make a suggestion. They tell me what to do, they are not interested in hearing anything I suggest. There is more…..but I am just very sick of it. I want him to be learning and happy. At home he loves to learn and has deep knowledge on many scientific topics (his natural passion). I am a single working parent – I don’t know if it is feasible to home school him. I don’t know if I can help him with French. I don’t know if I can deal with the School Board after experiencing the stonewalling at the school, I dread to deal with the schoolboard on this issue. I feel demoralized by the whole system

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 12, 2018 8:24 pm

      Oh Vicki.

      My heart breaks reading your story. I’m going to email you with a connecting in QC who may be able to help. <3

    • by Krystle Posted April 12, 2018 7:27 pm

      I feel like I’m reading the story of my life. I felt like because i’m a single mother, they automatically looked down on me and my situation and started labeling my kids. I think what made things worse is that I became a Flight Attendant 2 years ago and had to be based in an other city for a while so my schedule became really hectic. No matter how much I tried to tell them (the school) that scheduling was the reason why the kids’ homework wasn’t always done on time or that studying for a test was always delayed causing them not to do well, the school always blamed it on behavioral or learning disability issues. I just feel like homeschooling would be a better option for all of us. I literally get anxieties when I bring them to school.

  • by Luis Posted April 18, 2018 11:49 am

    Hello,
    I am searching laws in Quebec that deal with the ADHD issue but so far I have only found one law that is a tax credit return. Do you know if there are others law that address this population?. I am working with a client that is having issues at school and I am new in this area.
    Thank you!
    LM

    • by LisaMarie Posted April 20, 2018 7:01 am

      Hi Luis,

      Is this in regards to homeschooling with ADHD in Quebec or just in general? I’m afraid I don’t know much about law – other than the basics. IF you are looking for information on homeschooling, I’d recommend connecting with an association like AQED which focus on supporting homeschoolers in that province. (http://www.aqed.qc.ca/fr/contactez-nous) – they might have more insight for you.

      Sorry that I’m not more help,
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Garen Posted May 2, 2018 8:28 pm

    Hi, my 5 year old is in kindergarten and get’s kicked out of the class on a daily basis because he disrupts the teachers ability to teach others. He is an active and playful child and can’t sit still, he is also smart and doesn’t seem to have any learning disability. We are very frustrated at the school for their lack in finding a solution. This leads us to explore other schools and the possibility of home schooling. We live in the west island of Montreal and any help or guidance would be appreciated. I would also like to explore the possibility of bringing a small group of students (4-5) together to help with expenses.
    Thank you

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 3, 2018 6:29 am

      Hi there,
      It sounds like your son is a typical, active, busy boy. It’s too bad school tends to be a place where kids can’t be themselves. I hope you can find some solutions that work for you and for him.
      I would really recommend connecting with one of the homeschooling associations in Quebec to get a clear picture of the regulations and to find a community close to you. Try AQED – they are a great, knowledgeable group. http://www.aqed.qc.ca/fr/contactez-nous
      I hope that helps.
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Maya Posted May 8, 2018 3:31 pm

    I need your help , where to start and what to do 🙁 , i live in Montreal , want to start a homeschooling for my 2 boys . please help

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 10, 2018 6:32 am

      Hi Maya,
      Thanks for visiting my website. I’m going to 100% recommend that you connect with an association like AQED because all the laws in the province are changing and I want to make sure you have the most up to date information as you put your plan together. Here is their contact info page: http://www.aqed.qc.ca/fr/contactez-nous

  • by Nick Posted May 27, 2018 10:03 pm

    Hello,
    My wife and 7 year old daughter are moving here from the United States because of my job. We’re are here in a work Visa. We may be here for 2-3 years and my wife would like to homeschool my daughter. I understand Quebec recently passed a law that all immigrants must enroll their children in a French immersion school. I am afraid that we won’t be able to home school our daughter because of our immigrant status. Can you guide me to someone that can help us figure out what to do?

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 29, 2018 11:59 am

      Hi Nick,

      I highly recommend connecting with the team at AQED. They will best be able to help you with what steps need to be taken in Quebec. http://www.aqed.qc.ca/fr/contactez-nous (their email is in the bolded section – you will need to remove the space 🙂 )

      I hope that helps.
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Dina Posted August 8, 2018 4:28 pm

    hi,I’d like to know if my 14 years old can homeschool herself since shes been in a public school before

    • by LisaMarie Posted August 14, 2018 5:54 am

      Hi Dina,

      Given all the new laws about homeschooling in Quebec, I’m going to highly recommend that you talk to the team at AQED with your question. They will be better able to give you an accurate answer than I am. Here is their website: https://www.aqed.qc.ca/en

      I hope that helps!

  • by Mitchellle Posted August 14, 2018 8:05 am

    Hi, thank you so much for great info. I live in morin-heights and I have 2 children ( 3.5years old and one yr old) I am very interested about home schooling them but I want to start with English Curriculum first, since I speak better English than French.. I moved to Quebec just last year and I was hoping to get more info and help from you. Thank you!

    • by LisaMarie Posted August 21, 2018 10:20 am

      Hi Mitchelle,
      Given all the changes to the requirements of homeschooling in Quebec, I would highly recommend connecting with the team at AQED. They are very knowledgeable. http://www.aqed.qc.ca/en/

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