Requirements for International Families

Staff at the WRDSB are not immigration officials. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure that your immigration documents are kept up-to date and current with the Waterloo Region District School Board.

For families moving to Canada, eligibility for enrolment and fee-exempt status will be determined based on status in Canada and the supporting regulations. The requirements of the Waterloo Region District School Board are based on the Ontario Education Act (R.S.O. 1990). The Education Act determines whether students have a right to fee-exempt education in Ontario.

Parent with Work Permit

A child under the age of 18 may be eligible for fee-exempt status if a parent has a valid Work Permit. Please note that visiting scholars are often included in this category.

Required documents for Parent with Work Permit:

  • Parent’s Work Permit (and passport)
  • Child’s passport
  • Proof of residence in Waterloo Region (a rental agreement or utility bill)

Parent with Study Permit

A child under the age of 18 may be eligible for fee-exempt status if all of the following conditions are met by a parent with a Study Permit:

  • The parent must have a Letter of Acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) that receives operating grants from the Government of Ontario;
  • The parent must be accepted into a full time program leading to a post-secondary Degree, Diploma, or Certificate program. Certificate programs must be at least 2 semesters long;
    • If fee exempt status applies, the child may begin school 1 week before the start date of the parent’s program; fees will apply to students who wish to enrol prior to this date
  • The parent must maintain status as a full-time student; AND
  • The child must live with the parent who is studying in Canada.

Requirements for Parent attending English Classes

  • The parent’s Letter of Acceptance must state that the English as a Second Language (ESL) program is a prerequisite for a Degree, Diploma or Certificate program
  • The ESL program must be provided by a Designated Learning Institution that receives operating grants from the Government of Ontario.

Required documents for Parent with Study Permit:

  • Parent’s Study Permit (and passport)
  • Official Letter of Acceptance from the post-secondary institution that receives operating grants from the Government of Ontario
  • Proof that tuition fees have been paid (recent tuition receipts)
  • Children’s Passports
  • Proof of residence in Waterloo Region (a rental agreement or utility bill)

Student with Refugee Claimant Document

Students under the age of 21 with a valid Refugee Claimant Document may be eligible for fee-exempt status.

Required documents for Student with Refugee Claimant Document:

  • Student’s Refugee Claimant Document
  • If available, a copy of student’s passport that has been stamped and signed by Immigration Canada
  • Proof of residence in Waterloo Region (a rental agreement or utility bill)

In Application for Citizenship or Permanent Residence

Students under the age of 21 who are In Application for Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident status may be eligible for fee-exempt status.

Please contact the International Admissions Office at international@wrdsb.ca for information.

Clergy

Children under the age of 18 may be eligible for fee-exempt status if the parent is a religious worker authorized to work in Canada.

Required documents for Clergy:

  • A valid Visitor Record and Passport for the parent who is the religious worker
  • Children’s Passports
  • Letter from the religious organization indicating the duties fulfilled by the parent
  • Proof of residence in the Waterloo Region (a rental agreement or utility bill)