New to Canada?

Given our wish to always offer as many opportunities as possible for solidarity and sharing within the community, in collaboration with community services, we provide reception and integration services for students recently arrived in Canada, and their families.

Services available:

  • Individual meetings with students and their families
  • Orientation of students and their parents, to allow them to adapt to the Ontario school system and life in Canada
  • Information workshops for parents and guardians
  • Training sessions for school staff
  • Help with cultural interpretation for parents and school staff
  • Referrals for newly arrived families to the various settlement services existing in the community

We also offer two programs specifically designed to better welcome and integrate newly arrived francophone students into French-language schools, and, consequently, ensure their academic success: 

  • Support services for new arrivals (PANA – Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants)
  • Pivot school

For more information regarding either of these programs, please visit the New immigrants to Canada page on our website.

The Conseil scolaire catholique Providence admits children of parents who are francophone and Catholic, as per the section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and to article 93 from Constitution Acts, 1867.


Children must be 4 years old by December 31 of the current year to be admitted to Junior Kindergarten. However, you can enroll your child in one of our schools at any time of the year, if he or she is between 5 and 18 years of age.


Our schools are aimed at families looking to offer French Catholic education to their child.


According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, you have the right to register your child in a French-language school if you are:

  • A parent, Canadian citizen, whose first language learned and still understood is French; or
  • A parent, Canadian citizen, who received education at the elementary level in a French-language school in Canada; or
  • A parent, Canadian citizen, with a child who received or is receiving education in the elementary or high school levels in a French-language school.

However, if you do not qualify under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Education Act allows a parent or guardian to request the possibility of admitting the child via an admission committee of the School Board. This is a simple process, which is done through a meeting between members of the board and the family.

For more information on the admission criteria, please see policy 7.046 and administrative procedure PA-7.046 for student admission.

You will need the following documents when registering:

  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Canadian passport or Canadian citizenship card, if applicable
  • Immunization card and record of vaccines
  • Proof of residence in Ontario
  • Application for Direction of School Support (MPAC)
  • Any previous school documentation, if applicable (e.g., report card, transcript and diploma)
  • The legal documents relating to access to the child’s data, if applicable (e.g. court order or custody judgment)

At Csc Providence, our students receive 14 years of elementary and secondary school instruction in an environment that is completely French. From Grade 4, students also take an English course where the academic requirements are similar to those in English classes (first language) offered in English-language schools.

As a result, students’ instruction in French and English as a first language, and their belonging to the Francophone community combined with their exposure to the majority Anglophone community in Ontario, makes it so that our students acquire language skills that are recognized at the university and college levels, and on the job market.

That’s what “high-level bilingualism” means for the Csc Providence, namely equipping each of its students so they can learn, work and live as well in French as in English.

French immersion programs are offered by English-language school boards. Students learn French (second language – FSL) as a subject and, depending on the program selected, at least 50% of all instruction is provided in French.

Source: Ministry of Education of Ontario