Canada’s System of Education

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In Canada, all students attend the same public school system until age 18, much like the U.S.  The difference is that Canadian students have a choice of studies in high school, so that if they choose to pursue a “Specialist High Skills Major,” when they graduate from high school, they receive a high school diploma and an industry certification. These majors are from 18 industry or trade fields.  The government offers grants to students who choose to go into apprenticeship after graduation, and offers tax credits to employers that will take on the apprentice.

A major reform in the Canadian education system was made in the mid-2000s when the Student Success Strategy was implemented. This strategy focused on “identifying potential dropouts early and providing them with the additional help they needed to succeed, including one-on-one learning opportunities, development of a range of new high school majors to appeal to a…

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