Permanent Certificate of Eligibility
Based on English Education in Canada by a parent or sibling
This certificate is generally issued when one of the following conditions are met. Firstly, the child's parent must be a Canadian citizen and:
- the child's parent has received the major part of their elementary education in English while in Canada; or
- the child's sibling has received the major part of their elementary OR secondary education in English while in Canada; or
- the child themselves has received or is receiving the major part of their elementary OR secondary education in English while in Canada; or
- the child's sibling or parent already holds a certificate of eligibility.
Please note: Education received through private schools in Québec is assessed through a point system according to Bill 115. Please contact Riverside School Board.
Please note: The Supreme Court ruling of March 31, 2005 stated that Education received in a French Immersion Program in another Canadian province is now considered to be English for the purpose of eligibility. The education, however, must have been done in a school that is recognized as an English school. The percentage of French versus English will not be taking into account; therefore, these students will be eligible for English instruction in Québec.
Based on English education in Canada by a grandparent, uncle, or aunt
This certificate is only with regards to the grandparent, aunt, or uncle of the child currently requesting the certificate.
This clause can be used if the mother or father of a child was:
- born after 1960 AND
- attended elementary or secondary school in FRENCH, in QUÉBEC after August 26, 1977 AND
- has a member of their immediate family (parent or sibling) who attended an English school (depending on clause it could be elementary and/or secondary education) AND *for certain cases
- their parent (the child's grandparent) was a Canadian citizen at the time when the parent (the child's mother or father) or their sibling (the child's uncle/aunt) was in school.
Please note: This clause has many variants that could affect the individual case.
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