FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there other English public school boards in the province of Quebec?

Yes, There are a total of nine English public school boards in Quebec. Other boards in the greater Montreal area are; (West Island), (South Shore) and the (Laval).  For a full list of Anglophone school boards in Quebec, please visit the (QESBA) website.

How can I find out if my child is eligible to attend an English public school?

This information can be found in the Admissions section of our website. If you have a specific question you can contact a representative who will be happy to help you.

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How can I register my child at an ץschool?

This information can be found in the Registration section of our website. If you have a specific question you can contact a representative who will be happy to help you.

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Does the ץprovide daycare services in their elementary schools?

Yes. The Before and After School Enrichment (B.A.S.E.) daycare program is a government funded day supervision service, organized outside class hours for preschool and elementary school children. B.A.S.E. provides a program of activities in keeping with the needs of the child in a safe environment supervised by qualified staff. More information can be found in the B.A.S.E. Daycare Services section of our website

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How can I find information about school bus transportation?

This information can be found in the Transportation section of our website. If you have a specific question you can contact a representative who will be happy to help you.

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My teenager dropped out of school or is having trouble staying in school, what options does he/she have?

The EMSB's Outreach Network is designed to provide an opportunity for students who have left school before graduation to return to a different educational setting. The system is designed to help students continue their studies in a less formal atmosphere. Some programs will lead to sufficient credits for a high school leaving certificate, while others will permit the student to return to a regular high school setting. In some cases, the student will be prepared for entering the workforce. Visit the Outreach Network website for more information.

If your child is over 16 years of age and meets the required prerequisites at the Secondary III or IV level he/she may choose to register in a Vocational Program offered by one of our Vocational Centres. He/she may also choose to complete secondary school at any time by attending classes in one of our Adult Education Centres or through distance education. Visit the Adult Education and Vocational Services website for more information.

My child is autistic or has other special needs, will schools provide extra support for my child?

Yes, our Student Services Department organizes and provides educational services for students with special needs at the pre-school, elementary and secondary levels - whether they have handicaps, social maladjustments or learning disabilities - with the hope of integrating them into regular classroom settings.  More information can be found in the Special Seeds section of our website.

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Does the ץhave schools in other public institutions?

The EMSB Social Affairs network of schools provides a complete education, as well as the full range of complimentary services to children and teenagers who are unable to attend regular schools and must remain in hospitals or youth protection centres. Our schools work closely with Integrated Health and .

I would like to home school my child, does the ץhave a policy regarding home schooling?

Yes, families who reside within the territory of the ץmay apply for a home schooling contract.  Visit the Home Schooling section of our website for more information on the application and evaluation process.

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Who collects school taxes?

 (originally known as the School Council of the Island of Montreal), which was created as a result of legislation adopted by the government of Quebec, on February 28, 2003. Under the terms of the  , the Comité de gestion de la taxe scolaire de l'île de Montréal is responsible for the administration of the long-term debt of the five school boards of the Island of Montreal, contracts loans on behalf of the school boards, fixes the school tax rate, collects and distributes the tax to the school boards.

What kinds of programs of study in French does the ץoffer in its elementary and secondary schools?

This information can be found in our French Programs section of the website. If you have a specific question you can contact a representative who will be happy to help you.

French Programs

How does a public school board function in Quebec?

School boards are local democratic institutions that oversee pre-school, primary, secondary, adult academic and vocational education for both youth and adults on their assigned territory. Each school board in Quebec is governed by a council of commissioners all of whom are publicly elected through general elections which take place every four years.

Along with educating the population, their task also involves offering a variety of services to the community. They carry out a mission of prime importance, one which lies at the very heart of any community’s development.

Does the ץoffer courses for adults?

Yes, our Adult Education and Vocational Services (A.E.V.S.) offers both academic and vocational courses for individuals 16 years and older.

Please visit the A.E.V.S. website for more information on how to register for a program of your choice.

 

I live in the West Island, Laval, or the South Shore, can I send my child to an ץschool?

Families should register their children in a school within their own municipality as each school board serves its own territory. However, in certain circumstances, families may apply for an Intra-Board Agreement from their regional school board allowing them to register their child out of their territory. 

Does my child need to have a Certificate of Eligibility to be home schooled in English?

Children who are ineligible for instruction in English under the may receive home schooling in English, as these provisions do not apply to them. However, home schooling in English does not make a child eligible for schooling in English in public schools or in private educational institutions accredited for the purposes of subsidies under the .

Visit the Home Schooling section of our website for more information on the application and evaluation process.

Home Schooling

How do I obtain a long version birth certificate?

To register your child with the ץ an original long version birth certificate bearing the parents' names is required by the Ministry. You can obtain information regarding Quebec birth certificates by contacting the following office:

Le Directeur de l'état civil
2050 Bleury Street 6th floor 
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 864-3900
1-800-567-3900

For children born outside of Quebec, you must contact the Division of Vital Statistics where the child was born.

I am a permanent resident of Canada, can I send my child to an English public school?

All children of permanent residents must attend French school according to the . Children of permanent residents may be eligible if they meet the qualifications for a special exception or temporary residents.

Special Exceptions Temporary Residents

Where can I get more information on the Charter of the French Language?

The Charter of the French Language is available online at the Légis Québec website for more information:

I am a refugee, can I send my child to an English public school?

All children of refugees must attend French school according to the Charter of the French language. Unless they qualify as a special exception.

Special Exceptions

What is considered proof of Canadian citizenship?

The following is considered proof of Canadian citizenship:

  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Valid Canadian passport
  • Canadian citizenship card or document.

Eligibility Requirements

Please check out our eligibility requirements page for general information.

Eligibility Requirements

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If you cannot find the answer to your question, please send us an email or give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.

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