Canada Education System

Education in Canada is provided, funded and over seen by federal, provincial, and local governments. Education is within provincial jurisdiction and the curriculum is overseen by the province. Education in Canada is generally divided into primary education, followed by secondary education and post-secondary. Education is compulsory up to the age of 16 in every province in Canada, except for Ontario and New Brunswick, where the compulsory age is 18.

Levels of Education

As the education system in Canada is managed by the varying provincial governments in Canada, the way the educational stages are grouped and named may differ from each region.

At GummadiEDU we assist students aspiring for Higher Education in Canada (Post-Secondary Level).

Outside Québec

Primary education

  • dot Grade-1 (ages 6-7)

  • dot Grade-2 (ages 7-8)

  • dot Grade-3 (ages 8-9)

  • dot Grade-4 (ages 9-10)

  • dot Grade-5 (ages 10-11)

  • dot Grade-6 (ages 11-12)

Intermediate education

  • dot Grade-7 (ages 12-13)

  • dot Grade-8 (ages 13-14)

  • dot Grade 9 (ages 14-15)

Secondary education

  • dot Grade-10 (ages 15-16)

  • dot Grade-11 (ages 16-17)

  • dot Grade-12 (ages 17-18)

  • dot Grade-12+ (ages 17+) (Ontario only)

Tertiary education (Post-Secondary Education)

  • dotCertificates, Diplomas, Associate Degree (Offered in Colleges)

  • dot Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, PhD (Offered in Universities and University College)


École primaire (Primary school, equivalent to Elementary School or Grade School)

  • dot Grade-1 (ages 6-7)

  • dot Grade-2 (ages 7-8)

  • dot Grade-3 (ages 8-9)

  • dot Grade-4 (ages 9-10)

  • dot Grade-5 (ages 10-11)

  • dot Grade-6 (ages 11-12)

École secondaire(literally Secondary school, or High School)

  • dot Secondary-I (ages 12-13)

  • dot Secondary-II(ages 13-14)

  • dot Secondary-III(ages 14-15)

  • dot Secondary-IV(ages 15-16)

  • dot Secondary-V(ages 16-17)


  • dot Pre-university program, two years (typically Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Arts)

  • dot Professional program, three years (e.g. Paralegal, Dental Hygienist, Nursing, etc.)

Graduate(or postgraduate)

  • dot One or two years leading to a Master's degree. Three or more years leading to a Doctoral degree


  • dot Three of four years leading to a Bachelor's degree. Non-Québec students require an extra year to complete the same degree because of the extra year in college.