WARNING: This article explains the new homeschooling regulation in general and gives suggestions for fulfilling your legal obligations. This is not a legal opinion nor is it legal advice. For information specific to your situation, consult a lawyer. This article does not replace the content of the official guide mentioned in section 459.5.1 of the Education Act, which will be developed by the Minister and will be released no later than July 1, 2019. See AQED’s strategy.
You do not need any particular qualifications, diploma, or educational background to educate your child. You do, however, need to commit to the time and energy it takes to provide that education. It is a demanding undertaking, full of questions and challenges. Our members have found that homeschooling is a rewarding experience that allows you to provide your children with an education that is created specifically for them, something they simply cannot get in a school setting.
There are as many reasons to homeschool as there are families that homeschool. Some want to plan an exciting family adventure. Others want to respond to their children’s particular needs or offer them a unique educational experience.
To help make a well-informed decision, consult a variety of sources and talk to other homeschooling parents.
Some information to get you started:
Homeschooling is legal in Quebec. Know your rights and responsibilities to start your experience off on the right foot.
You can start homeschooling whenever you want. You don't have to wait for approval to do so.
For severely handicapped children, you must ask the DEM for a school derogation. This, including all of your child’s diagnoses, is sent at the same time as your notice.
Read what you should know before starting to use the procedures below.
According to the homeschooling regulation, you must:
- Send a written notice to the minister and the appropriate school board
- Create and send a learning project to the minister
- Complete status and mid-term progress report
- Take part in a follow-up meeting
- Have your child’s progress evaluated yearly
- Submit a completion report
Read our remarks and general recommendations for all your documents and interactions with the Minister's representatives.
The Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement Supérieur has created a new entity dedicated to the monitoring of homeschooling families: the Direction de l’Enseignement à la Maison (DEM). You will find their contact details as well as access to a secured space to upload your documents, and more information, including an FAQ, on the Ministry’s website:
Explore different educational approaches to customize your child’s education.
Support and Socialization
Find a support group and socialization opportunities for your child and for yourself. AQED supports homeschooling families in many ways. It offers free support to families getting started in their homeschooling journey. By law, school boards are also required to offer services to homeschooling families.