Newcomers

Are you a newcomer or are you thinking of moving to Ontario?

Welcome to Ontario’s French-language education website, and welcome to Ontario! In this section, you will find all the information you need regarding Ontario’s French-language education network of childcare services, schools, colleges and universities. You will also find links to other useful information that will help you integrate more easily into your new community.

Moving to a new country or province presents many challenges: finding housing, work, a school for your children....
While this requires a lot of effort, all of these challenges also represent necessary steps to help you get integrated into your chosen community.

The governments of Canada and Ontario offer a wide variety of resources to help you find the information you need and ease your adaptation process.

Regardless of where you are right now, you will find a wealth of information on our site about the process of settling in Ontario and, more specifically, about French-language education for your children.

Élargir l’espace francophone : http://www.espacefranco.com/

School system in Ontario

Ontario’s French-language education system boasts an excellent reputation. We offer continuous education services from early childhood to the postgraduate level.

Ontario’s education system is publicly funded and serves both the English- and French-language communities, as French and English are the two official languages. In addition, Ontario’s population has access to Catholic and public schools. More than 445 Catholic and public schools offer elementary and secondary education to all regions of the province.

Comparison table

To help you gain a better understanding of Ontario’s education systems, the following table shows some comparisons with European school systems, which also apply to several countries in Africa and elsewhere.

SCHOOL GRADE EQUIVALENCY
  Ontario Quebec Belgium France Switzerland
Age 3 Junior kindergartEnglish   KindergartEnglish Nursery school (Petite section)  
Age 4 KindergartEnglish   KindergartEnglish Nursery school (Moyenne section) KindergartEnglish
Age 5 KindergartEnglish KindergartEnglish KindergartEnglish Nursery school (Grande section) KindergartEnglish
Age 6 1st grade elementary 1st grade elementary 1st grade elementary CP – Elementary (Cours préparatoire) 1st grade elementary
Age 7 2nd grade elementary 2nd grade elementary 2nd grade elementary CE1 –2nd year elementary (Cours élémentaire 1) 2nd grade elementary
Age 8 3rd grade elementary 3rd grade elementary 3rd grade elementary CE2 – 3rd year elementary (Cours élémentaire 2) 3rd grade elementary
Age 9 4th grade elementary 4th grade elementary 4th grade elementary CM1 – 4th year elementary (Cours moyen 1) 4th grade elementary
Age 10 5th grade elementary 5th grade elementary 5th grade elementary CM2 – 5th year elementary (Cours moyen 2) 5th grade
(transition)
Age 11 6th grade elementary 6th grade elementary 6th grade elementary 6th grade lower secondary (Sixième, Collège) 6th grade
(transition)
Age 12 7th grade elementary 1st grade secondary 1st grade secondary 5th grade lower secondary (Cinquième, Collège) 1st grade secondary (Secondaire
degré 1)
Age 13 8th grade elementary 2nd grade secondary 2nd grade secondary 4th grade lower secondary (Quatrième, Collège) 2nd grade secondary (Secondaire
degré 1)
Age 14 9th grade secondary 3rd grade secondary 3rd grade secondary 3rd grade lower secondary (Troisième, Collège) 3rd grade secondary (Secondaire
degré 1)
Age 15 10th grade secondary 4th grade secondary 4th grade secondary 2nd grade lower secondary (Seconde, Collège) 4th grade secondary (Gymnase, sec.
degré 2)
Age 16 11th grade secondary 5th grade secondary 5th grade secondary 1st grade higher secondary (Première, Lycée) 5th grade secondary (Gymnase, sec.
degré 2)
Age 17 12th grade secondary College (Cégep) 6th grade secondary Last grade higher secondary (Terminale, Lycée) 6th grade secondary (Gymnase, sec.
degré 2)
Age 18 University College (Cégep) University University University
Age 20 University University University University University


The French education system: from nursery school to high school

Follow these links for more information on:

Post-secondary studies

The province of Ontario possesses a complete network of French-language colleges and bilingual universities, which are open to everyone:

Enrolment process

Ontario’s French-speaking population is in constant evolution. Accordingly, the Ministry of Education’s French-Language Policy and Programs Branch has broadened and simplified its policy for enrolment in French-language schools.

For more information, please refer to the following documentation:

Programs for newcomers

French-Language Education in Ontario is a leading organization renowned for its innovative programs and services.
To ensure newly arrived students are perfectly integrated, French-Language Education in Ontario provides the following tools and resources.

The Programme d’actualisation de la langue française (ALF)

This program is intended for students enrolled in French-language schools who speak little or no French. Based on their particular needs, these students receive individual instruction.

The Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants (PANA)

The PANA is designed for newly arrived students and allows them to familiarize themselves with their new environment: http://www.elfontario.ca/en/programs-and-services.html. It introduces them to Canadian society and addresses their individual needs in terms of writing, reading and speaking skills.

Francophone Immigration Networks (RIF)

http://www.immigrationfrancophone.ca/fr/

The francophone immigration network is a program to favor immigration within the French-speaking communities in minority situations. It aims at facilitating the establishment and the successful integration of the French-speaking immigrants in Ontario.

Ontario counts three francophone immigration networks:

  • Le Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone de l'Est de l'Ontario
  • Le Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone pour le Nord de l'Ontario
  • Le Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone du Centre-Sud-Ouest de l'Ontario