In Northwestern Ontario, you’ll find excellent schools from pre-school to university level. We take responsibility for educating our young people and for providing lifelong learning opportunities in safe and healthy environments.
It is compulsory and free for all children and youth between the ages of 6 -18 years to receive an education in either English or French. The Ontario Ministry of Education
is responsible for providing a variety of free school systems.
There are hundreds of publicly-funded (free) elementary and secondary schools across the region for students of all abilities, including those with special needs. Classroom sizes are generally small in all schools. At the same time, literacy and numeracy skills are high. Other advantages include favourable student-teacher ratios, the use of innovative teaching technologies and modern school facilities.
Northwestern Ontario is proud of its world-class colleges and universities which offer a range of certificate, diploma and university degree courses on a part-time or full-time basis. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)
, which opened its Thunder Bay campus in 2005, is the first new medical school in Canada in over 30 years.
Learning is an important part of life in Northwestern Ontario. Whether you are a parent, a student or an adult wanting to return to education, it is important to learn about the school system in Canada