HOMESCHOOLING IN ONTARIO
In Ontario, you submit a letter of intent if you are withdrawing your child from school. If you begin homeschooling from day 1, there is no letter required. There is no government funding (like Alberta) but also no requirements.
In Ontario, home-schooled children beyond grade nine can earn credits through the Independent Learning Centre. Provincial benchmarks, and outside testing, such as the Canadian Achievement Test (CAT), can help you measure your child’s progress.
Visit: https://www.canadiantestcentre.com for more information.
The In Ontario, the Independent Learning Centre, funded by the Ministry of Education, offers correspondence packages and courses for home-schooled students at both the elementary and secondary levels.
Provincial curricula outlines are free and their timetables may give you an idea of what your child should be learning and when.
College / University
The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents (OFTP) keeps a list of Canadian colleges and universities that have admitted, or are willing to admit, home-schooled students. Admission policies vary, so becoming familiar with them well in advance will make it easier for you to figure out what you need to do so your child can attend a post-secondary institution.
List of College/Universities that accept homeschool students:
The OFTP website, ontariohomeschool.org, also provides information about scholarships and other funding available to students who were home-schooled.
The four provinces with low regulation, those that in ordinary circumstances require little more than notification of home schooling, are British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland & Labrador. Those with moderate regulation, where some reporting of student progress or submission of education program plan is required, are Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The provinces with high regulation are those that require submission of an educational plan, periodic evidence of student progress, and some form of approval for the program and/or the progress of the home schooled student. These provinces are Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Quebec.
In Alberta, for instance, parents get funding for home-schooling, which can cover costs of materials or music and other lessons outside the home.
There are about 60,000 Homeschoolers in Canada (as opposed to 2.5M in the US)
The ratio of homeschooled to public school students is about 1 out of every 127 (1:127) vs. 1:32 in the USA.-based off of statistics canada children numbers and homeschool numbers)