Canada is one of the world’s top education performers leading all other G8 countries in per capita spending on education. Students score high on international tests reflecting the dedication each jurisdiction has on the quality of our education system. The Canadian education system covers elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. Education in Canada is governed by each provincial and territorial government. All provinces and territories provide universal, free elementary and secondary schooling for 12 years, with the exception of Quebec where it is for 11 years. Education is compulsory to the age of between 15 and 18, depending on the province.
Post-secondary education includes career college (vocational school), community college, university and grad school. University degrees are offered at three consecutive levels: bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral. Students at the baccalaureate or bachelor’s level are known as undergraduates. Successful completion of the secondary school program, or the two-year Cégep program in the case of Quebec, is the normal prerequisite for admission to undergraduate study. Bachelor’s degrees normally require three or four years of full-time study, depending on the province or whether the program is general or specialized. An honours baccalaureate degree usually signals a higher degree of concentration in the honours subject, as well as a higher level of academic achievement. At some universities, an honours degree may require an additional year of study.
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