Education Overview


Ottawa has many schools to choose from. The city offers high quality English and French education in public (non-religious), Catholic and private school systems. The Ontario government pays for public elementary and secondary school education. If you enroll your children in private school, you will have to pay tuition fees. Costs vary depending on which school you choose.
As a Global Learning Centre, Ottawa is an enviable city in which to pursue academic studies or professional development in both English and French. The region’s six universities and colleges, plus numerous technology institutes and professional schools create a highly integrated and flexible education and training delivery system. In addition, a number of world-class events are hosted in Ottawa to support specialized and advanced learning.
Ottawa’s philosophy is that knowledge is the key to maintaining high standards of living and sustaining a competitive edge in today’s world markets. The city’s emphasis on learning is reinforced by a dynamic business and technology sector that works in partnership with our educational institutions through various agencies, foundations and undertakings to ensure that the system meets the needs of industry through creative and timely programs that are focused on both today's needs, and those of the future.
For children in grades kindergarten to grade 12, Ottawa offers a rich array of public and private schools. While there is ample opportunity to learn in English, French, French immersion and English as a second language, Ottawa also offers learning in a host of different cultures, languages and religions, reflecting our diverse multicultural community.
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