Do I have the right to have my education in French?

1. Learn about rights-holders

Section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms says to be a French-language rights-holder, you must be a Canadian citizen and at least one of the following must apply to you:

  • You were born in a family that speaks French. French is the first language you learned and you still understand it.
  • You went to a French-language elementary school in Canada.
  • You are the parent or guardian of a child who used to attend or is now attending a French-language elementary or secondary school in Canada.

If at least one of these apply to you, you have the right to have your child taught in French at elementary and secondary school. This is true throughout Ontario.

If there isn't a French school in your area, your child may have to go to a different neighbourhood to be taught in French. The province doesn't have to put a French school in every community.

Depending on how far the nearest French school is, the school board may:

  • transport your child to a French school in another community
  • provide French-language instruction inside an English school
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