Access to French-language Catholic education is the constitutional right of French-language rights-holders, though non-rights-holders can also apply. This right is guaranteed to citizens by the Canadian Charter of Rights.
The child of a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who meets any of the following criteria qualifies for French-language education:
- whose first language learned and still understood is French; OR
- has received his or her education at the elementary level in French in Canada (excludes French immersion); OR
- has a child who has received or who is receiving his or her education at the elementary or secondary level in French (excludes French immersion) in Canada.
- whose grand-parents had French as a first language and were right-holders to French-language education; OR
- born from immigration and whose parents speak neither French nor English.
The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario also welcomes in its schools children:
As a rights-holder, if you choose not to send your child to a French-language school, the automatic right to French-language education for the next generation is lost, and access to a French-language school must subsequently be requested as a non-rights-holder.
The following documents are necessary to complete your child's registration:
- Birth certificate;
- Health card;
- Immunization card (vaccine and inoculation booklet);
- Roll number (appear on municipal tax forms);
- Baptismal certificate (if available).
If you have any questions regarding whether your child is eligible for a French Catholic Education, please do not hesitate to contact our school.