In Canada, the education system encompasses both publicly-funded and private schools. It is the responsibility of each individual province to manage their own education system, which includes setting standards and drawing up curricula for their region which is why there are such significant differences throughout the country in the systems.
Canada has always prided herself in maintaining high standards of education and access. This is because Canadians have always placed a high priority on the quality of education available for their children. It is reported that Canada spends more per capita on its education than any other country in the G-7 (group of seven major countries, including the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Italy).
In the past few years, however, parents have voiced their concerns over the quality of public education in provinces around the country. Many parents are becoming increasingly disappointed with the loss of programs and activities that once made Canadian schools outstanding. This has led to an increase in enrollment in private educational facilities, private tutoring and also in-home schooling.
Parents are discovering that in order to ensure their child receives the benefits of a suitable education, they must first do a little research.
Public vs. Private Education
"My daughter attended public school from kindergarten to grade three," recalls Diane Wolf of Peterborough, Ont. "Then private school from grades three to eight and a Separate School Board high school."
Wolf, who worked as a French teacher, has three children and has seen the workings of all the school systems available in her area. "My son attended public school, then private school and has been home schooled since grade two," says Wolf. "I was not particularly happy with the public school system. I felt that they made a lot of decisions for the children without consulting with our values."

Education in Canada consists of three territorial...