Provisions for Homeschooling in Canada: Parental Rights and the Role of the State


  • Lynn Bosetti La Trobe University
  • Deani Van Pelt Fraser Institute


Homeschooling. Canadá. School choice. Policy. Parental rights.


The purpose of this paper is to provide a descriptive account of the policy and provisions for homeschooling in Canada. Drawing upon existing research, the paper begins by situating homeschooling within the larger educational landscape of Canadian public education, and examines the evolution of homeschooling in this context. The paper highlights the shifting motivation of parents to homeschool during different periods and reviews some of the tension related to this form of schooling. The next section provides a comparative view of the regulatory framework, funding and support for homeschooling in each province, student enrolment figures, student performance outcomes and fiscal efficiencies for Canadian tax-payers. The paper concludes with a discussion of lessons learned from the Canadian experience of homeschooling that informs implications for policy makers in other contexts.


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Biografia do Autor

Lynn Bosetti, La Trobe University

La Trobe University, School of Education, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia. 

Deani Van Pelt, Fraser Institute

Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education, Fraser Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


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BOSETTI, L.; PELT, D. V. Provisions for Homeschooling in Canada: Parental Rights and the Role of the State. Pro-Posições, Campinas, SP, v. 28, n. 2, p. 39–56, 2017. Disponível em: Acesso em: 1 dez. 2021.