New to Canada?
Planning to immigrate to Canada and need to know how to register your child for school? iMississauga Real Estate can help! The first step is setting up an Orientation Interview at one of Peel District School Board's Welcome Centres.
There are three different Welcome Centres to choose from. You can call 905-366-8791 to book an appointment at any of the locations:
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., all year round. Families can also get help from staff in many languages!
Many free services are offered at the Welcome Centres including:
- An orientation interview to assist you in registering your child for school
- Get information about education in Ontario and the Peel District School Board
- Learn about adult education and English classes
- Get referrals to community groups
- Learn about volunteering and making connections with your community
It's important to remember that the Orientation Interview is not a test and there are no scores or grades, so your child(ren) do not need to prepare. One of the Welcome Centres' staff will meet with your family to discuss your child’s school history, personal goals and interests for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Then, your child will demonstrate their understanding of Mathematics and English (verbal, reading, and writing), to help them create the best plan for your child’s school success. This step usually lasts one to two hours for students in primary grades and two to three hours for students in high school.
The information gathered during the interview is sent to your child’s school to assist with registration.
Registering Your Child For School
Normally, you would register your child at their school, however, this is also taken care of for you at the Welcome Centres.
What You'll Need:
- Proof of age—birth certificate or passport or Permanent Resident card or record of landing
- Proof of address—a copy of an offer to purchase or formal lease agreement or a bank statement or utility bill with your name and address (Note: if using a lease agreement, it must be accompanied by a second form of proof of address)
- School documents—recent report card or school leaving certificate
- Immunization records—yellow card or record from country of last residence or Peel Health form. Peel students must be immunized against diphtheria, mumps, polio, red measles, rubella (German measles) and tetanus.
The First Day of School
Once the interview is finished, you will receive an appointment card stating the date and time of your child's first day of school. Simply bring that to the school on your child's first day and the registration process will be completed.
If you require any guidance or help choosing not only a school but a home for when you arrive in Canada let iMississauga Real Estate help! You can contact us and we'll reply right away!
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