In the province of Ontario, anyone under the age of majority, which is 18 years of age in Ontario, is considered to be a "minor child."
Are my children required to have a Study Permit in order to study in Canada?
If you have children who will be attending pre-school or kindergarten, they are NOT required to have a Study Permit.
Minor children who are already Canada and are accompanying a parent who is authorized to study or work may study at the pre-school, primary or secondary level without a Study Permit. Note that it is only once a child is in Canada that the Study Permit exemption applies: minor children outside of Canada must apply for a Study Permit if they are coming to Canada to study.
Minor children who are outside of Canada who intend to study in Canada at the primary or secondary level must apply for a Study Permit. For example, if a minor child is accompanying a parent who will be in Canada as an international student, then the minor child is required to apply for a Study Permit. If the minor child is accompanying a family member who is coming to Canada to study or work, the minor child does not have to provide a letter of acceptance from an educational institution when applying for their Study Permit.
The length of a minor child's Study Permit is usually one year, unless they are accompanying their parents who are issued a long-term Study or Work Permits. In this case, the duration will be the same as the parents' Study or Work Permit.
If you have children 5 years of age or younger, there are a few alternatives for child care: licensed day care centres, licensed family day care in private homes, or unlicensed child care in private homes. Children who will be attending pre-school or kindergarten are NOT required to have a Study Permit.
1. UCC Flexible Child Care
This on-campus facility, operated by the London YMCA, offers day care services for toddlers and pre-schoolers, from 18 months to 5 years of age. Priority is given to parents who are part-time or full-time students. Flexible hours are offered but there are a limited number of "full day" spaces available. There is a registration fee of $10.00 and an hourly charge of $4.50 per child, with special rates for undergraduate students and multi-sibling families.
UCC Flexible Child Care
Room 40, UCC
The University of Western Ontario
2. University YMCA Child Care Centre
This facility is located near the University and provides services for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. Priority is given to parents who are faculty members at Western. There is usually a waiting list with a waiting period of several months to a year. In order to get registered on the waiting list you should call or visit the centre. For information on the costs, etc. contact the University Child Care Centre directly.
University YMCA Child Care Centre
1141 Western Road, London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-858-5145 (Ms. Kathy Destun - Child Care Manager)
3. University Laboratory Preschool
The Department of Psychology operates the University Laboratory Preschool. This facility is located in Westminster Hall and is used for research and training in the fields of Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education. There are half-day programs for children aged 1 - 5 years old that run from September to June. For information on the costs, etc. contact the University Laboratory Preschool directly.
University Laboratory Preschool
Department of Psychology, The University of Western Ontario
361 Windermere Rd.
Contact: Dr. Mary Lou Vernon, Director
There are many other day care facilities in the city. Check the telephone book yellow pages under "Day Care Centres/Nurseries." Information London - Day Care Info & Referral also has a brochure about child care services in London.
Information London - Day Care Info & Referral
Information London - Brochure on Child Care and Early Childhood Education in London
A web portal for parents, caregivers and service providers that links information on programs, services, and resources in the London and Middlesec area for children aged 0-6 years.
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Spectrum Recreation Programs
The City of London provides affordable, accessible, and equitable opportunities for you and your family members to try new activities.
Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYC)
Ontario Early Years Centres are places where parents and caregivers can take part with their children in a range of programs and activities with their children, get answers to questions, get information about programs and services that are available for young children and their families, and talk to early years professionals, as well as other parents and caregivers in the community.
Note:New legislations was introduced (May 2005) in Ontario by the McGuinty government, that will waive school fees for:
- Children whose parents have applied for permanent residence status to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and plan to stay in the country
- Children whose parents are studying at a publicly funded Ontario university or college
Visit the Ministry of Education's website for more information.
To register your child in school, contact:
Thames Valley District School Board
1250 Dundas Street
Contact Ms. Cathy Fewster at: 519-452-2000 ext. 20329
London Catholic School Board
5200 Wellington Road South
Contact Mrs. Karen Hutchison at: 519-663-2088 ext. 43202
All international students and their accompanying dependents must be enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) (late application in excess of 30 days for dependents costs an additional $500). Eligible dependents include spouses, common-law partners, and dependent children who are under 21 years of age or under age 25 and are registered in full-time studies. For further information on UHIP coverage click here.
International students may also pay an additional fee to include their family members (spouses, common-law partners, and dependent children) in the extended health plans offered by the University Students' Council (USC) and the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS).
Last Updated: November 7, 2008
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