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Parents: How to inform my child’s school of a change of address?

When moving to a new home, parents are required to inform the elementary school or the high school their child attends. They may even have to enroll the child in a different school if they move to another district. We, at MovingWaldo, gathered in this article all the details on the general procedure for making a change of address with public schools in each province, as well as how to enroll in a brand new school!

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School in Quebec.

How to change my address with my child’s current school in Quebec?

In general, you will have to provide the school with a written notice of the change of address, stating the new address. This notice should be given at the school currently attended by your child and at the new school, if required. The change of address notice will generally include:

  • New home address
  • Child’s personal information (first and last name, age, class/grade).
  • Parents contact information
  • Proof of address within the school area or zone (One or two official documents will often be required: school or municipal tax bill, Hydro bill and any other official government document such as a notice of assessment from Revenu Québec, a notice of payment of child support from the RRQ, etc.)

The new address or the updated contact information will then be communicated to the appropriate school board.

How to enroll my child in a new school in Quebec?

In the case where the move requires your child to transfer schools, you’ll need to provide the following documents to the new school:

  • Child’s birth certificate (original)
  • Last school report card
  • Proof of address (copy of a bank statement, telephone or Hydro bill, apartment lease with your name and address, etc).

If you need help finding the school board within your zone, visit the interactive map from the Government of Quebec! It enables you to see schools and school territories for different educational networks in Quebec.

School in British Columbia.

How to change my address with my child’s current school in BC?

If the new address is in the same school’s district area, you can update your child’s address with the school office when your child returns to school in September.

How to enroll my child in a new school in BC?

If your child needs to be transferred to another school, it is the current school’s staff that will initiate your child’s transfer process and communicate the change to the school board. You will need to provide them the following documents:

  • Your new rental agreement or property purchase agreement (with subjects removed). Schools may request a recent bill as well.
  • Proof of your identity with photo, such as a passport or citizenship/PR card.
  • Your child’s most recent report card.

For more information on your child’s school districts, refer to this map.

School in Ontario.

How to change my address with my child’s current school in Ontario?

In Ontario, most elementary, middle, and secondary schools send home a student information sheet at the beginning of each school year to be filled out with updated information for the student. You can note the change of address at this time.

You can also notify the school administration directly after your move so that the information is updated immediately.

Your child’s contact information will then be updated with the appropriate school board.

How to enroll my child in a new school in Ontario?

If you need to transfer your child to a new school, you are required to provide the following documents to the new school:

  • Proof of your child’s age: a birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of address: a copy of a bank statement, telephone or electrical bill or apartment lease with your name and address.
  • Proof of guardianship: required if your child is under 18 years of age and is not living with a parent.

For more information on finding the school board for your area, click here.

School in Alberta.

How to change my address with my child’s current school in Alberta?

If the new address is in the same school’s district area, you can contact your child’s school to update your child’s information.

How to enroll my child in a new school in Alberta?

If you need to transfer your child into a new school, you’ll need to provide the new school the following documents:

  • A completed Student Registration Form (e.g. this one for schools in Calgary or this one for schools in Edmonton)
  • Your child’s proof of age and legal name (birth certificate or passport)
  • Proof of your address (e.g. driver’s licence, municipal/federal correspondence, financial/residential documents or a utility bill).

For more information on your child’s designated school based on your address, you can refer to this School Jurisdiction map.

School in Manitoba.

How to change my address with my child’s current school in Manitoba?

If the new address is in the same school’s district area, you can contact your child’s school as soon as reasonably possible to update your child’s information.

How to change my address with my child’s current school in Manitoba?

If you child needs to be transferred to a new school, you can enroll them by providing the following documents:

  • A completed Application Form:
    • Within-Division/District, if your child student wishes to attend a school other than the designated school within the same school division/district
    • An Out-of-Division/District, If your child wishes to attend a school in a school division/district other than the home school division
  • Your child’s original birth certificate, any applicable immigration documents, and/or proof of Canadian citizenship for both you and your child
  • Your child’s immunization record
  • Proof of your residence address (a document such as your current year property tax receipt, current month rental receipt, or a purchase/rental agreement)

For more information on your school district, you can check out the Manitoba School Division Contacts!

School in Saskatchewan.

How to change my address with my child’s current school in Saskatchewan?

If the new address is in the same school division, you can simply contact your child’s school to update your child’s information.

How to enroll my child in a new school in Saskatchewan?

If you transfer your child to another school, you can enroll them in a new school by providing the following documents:

  • A documentation that verifies your child’s age, which can be:
    • Certificate of Birth
    • Baptismal Certificate
    • Passport
    • Status Card
  • Any documents from the previous school (i.e. report cards)
  • A completed registration form

For more information on school divisions, you can refer to this list and corresponding maps.

School in Nova Scotia.

How to change my address with my child’s current school in Nova Scotia?

If the new address is in the same school district, you can simply contact your child’s school to update your child’s information.

How to enroll my child in a new school in Nova Scotia?

To enroll your child in a new school, you need to directly contact the school they will attend or the regional/district Regional Centre for Education office.

Click here for the contact information.

School in New Brunswick.

How to change my address with my child’s current school in New Brunswick?

If the new address is in the same school division, you can contact your child’s school to update your child’s information.

How to enroll my child in a new school in New Brunswick?

To enroll your child in a new school, you need to provide them with the following documents:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Medicare Card
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residence (copy of phone/electric bill, etc.)
  • A completed registration form

If you need more information on your neighborhood school, click here!

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