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The Canadian education system covers elementary secondary and post-secondary education Education in Canada is governed by each provincial and territorial government so there are slight differences between the education systems in each province and territory Education is compulsory to the age of between 15 and 18 depending on the provinceTypesElementary Children usually enter kindergarten at age 5 Elementary school generally includes grades 1 through 6 in regions that then have 2 years of middle school or junior high school and in areas without these elementary school goes up to grade 8 In Quebec elementary school is grades 1-6 and students then go straight into high schoolSecondary Secondary school-most often called high school-typically includes grades 9 through 12 In regions with middle school and junior high it also includes grades 7 and 8 In Quebec high school covers grades 7 through 11 and students then go to CEGEP for 2 years before applying to universityPost-secondary Post-secondary education includes career college also known as vocational school community college university and grad schoolPre-elementary programspre-Grade 1 education offered by public private and federal schools as well as schools for the visually and hearing impairedare available to young children typically 4 or 5 years of age in all jurisdictionsMost jurisdictions offer one year of public pre-elementary programs with Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan and Alberta offering additional years Figure 1 In most jurisdictions pre-elementary programs in the year before Grade 1 are offered to children who turn 5 years of age by a certain date in the school year as specified in jurisdictional legislation Attendance in these programs is optional in most jurisdictions although it is mandatory in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick The intensity of these programs varies some jurisdictions offer full-day programs some offer half-day programs and some offer both In addition to publicly provided programs in all jurisdictions some private schools also offer one or more years of pre-elementary programming Private day-care programs or early childhood education
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