What you should know before you start

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.

Homeschooling is a right in Quebec and in Canada. By law, you have the right to start homeschooling at any point during the year. You can also choose between following the Quebec Education Program (QEP) or a different educational approach, and you can change your approach during the year. Whether you wish to follow the program closely or loosely, or adopt a completely different educational approach, you will find useful explanations and examples on this website.

If you choose a different educational approach, be aware that it does not have to resemble the QEP or follow the Progression of Learning  (official learning milestones). However, you must provide your child with "varied and stimulating activities conducive to the acquisition of a body of knowledge and skills" and the means to progress. You must also follow the instructions laid out in the law and the regulation. The suggestions on this website and the AQED suggestions guide are here to help you do just that.

If you wish to follow the program while maintaining some flexibility, we suggest that you indicate that you will follow an educational approach inspired by the QEP when communicating with the Ministry, and that you also take into consideration the suggestions on this website and on the AQED guide. If you would like more information on how to write a learning project that will meet all of the requirements of the QEP and that “provides for the taking of the examinations imposed by the Minister”, contact the Ministry, which will be able to help and advise you. You can also take some ideas from the suggestions on this site.

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