To register your child for school, please phone your area or designated school. If you are new to the area and do not know your child’s designated school, please access the online School Locator.
If you are new or returning to Canada, have a school-aged child, and/or English is not your first language, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Family Reception Centre can assist you with enrolling your child in school. The Centre’s staff will provide student assessment and guidance for English language learners and their families.
If you are registering during the summer, contact your local school to determine the summer operating hours.
Steps for Registering at your local school:
Please bring proof of age in the form of a birth certificate, baptismal certificate, registration of birth card, or passport. Registration cannot be completed without one of these forms of identification.
Please bring your child’s Ontario health card and immunization record.
Ottawa Public Health requires proof that your child has received proper immunization. All children attending school in Ontario must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella, unless there is a valid exemption. For more information, contact the Ottawa Public Health Immunization Program at 613-580-6744, ext. 24108 or visit www.ottawa.ca/health. There has been a change to the Ottawa Public Health requirements for those children who have lived or travelled outside Canada or in a First Nations/Inuit community in Canada for three months or longer during the past five years - you will no longer need to provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization and Tuberculosis Assessment for School Entry.
For important dates check out the School Year Calendar.
For information about transportation, view our transportation brochure or call the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority at 613-224-8800.
For more information about English as a Second Language programs or to find out more about the Family Reception Centre, call 613-239-2416.
If you have further questions or concerns please contact us at 613-596-8211.