You can decide to homeschool at any time during the year.
You must send your notice at the latest on July 1st. You will need to send two copies, one to the Direction de l’enseignement à la maison (DEM) and the other to your local school service centre. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt from the DEM. Make sure you keep it safely.
Deadlines are different if you decide to homeschool during the school year. Please consult the page Special cases for more information.
This is only to notice that you are exercising your right to homeschool. It is not a request for permission. You do not have to justify your decision or wait for confirmation to remove your child from school or to start homeschooling.
Direction de l’enseignement à la maison
Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
600, rue Fullum, 11e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2K 4L1
1 866 747-6626
Fax : 514 864-8921
Email : dem [at] education.gouv.qc.ca
To find your school service centre using your postal code, visit the Élections Québec website, then click on the link to the school service center (their mailing address is normally at the bottom of the first page).
If you cannot read French, you can send the written notice in English even to a French school service center, as the regulation doesn’t specify what language you need to use.
You have to write down the names and contact details of both parents, even if only one parent has full custody of the child.
If your child is not yet registered with a school service centre, enter the name of the French language school service centre in your area.
If your child is eligible for education in English, you can choose the anglophone school service centre in your area.
If you are entitled to register in a different school service centre (for example, because you have an extraterritorial agreement with your school service centre or your child is entitled to English education) and you prefer to receive services from that school service centre, indicate it here.