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.
According to the regulation, you can modify your learning project whenever you desire. You must inform the Minister within 15 days only if the change is substantial.
What is considered a substantial modification is open to interpretation, but AQED considers that a substantial change would have to represent a major change to the learning approach. For example: 1) going from curriculum-based teaching to informal learning or vice-versa; or 2) a child falls sick and consequently cannot do most of the activities outlined in the learning project. We do not believe that changes such as changes in the frequency of activities, changing math textbook, or not being able to go on certain outings should be considered substantial. Such minor changes can be mentioned in the status report, if needed.
The more your learning project remains high-level, the less changes you will have to document. Keeping track of changes takes time and could lead you to avoid changing your education approach to suit your child’s needs. It is in the best interests of your child to keep your documentation simple.
You can download a Word version in English of this substantial change notice and modify it for your child. You can also view an example of a status report in English indicating non-substantial changes to a learning project in the AQED Suggestions Guide.