Free educational services

For preschool, elementary school and secondary school students in every public school in Québec, the right to free educational services applies to the following services: 

  • Preschool education services
  • Elementary and secondary school education services
  • Complementary educational services (support, school life, promotion, prevention and student assistance), including:
    • Services designed to promote student participation in school life
    • Services designed to educate students about their rights and responsibilities
    • Sports, cultural and social activities
    • Support services for the use of the documentary resources of the school library
    • Academic and career counselling and information
    • Psychological services
    • Psychoeducational services
    • Special education services
    • Remedial education services
    • Speech therapy services
    • Health and social services
    • Services in spiritual care and guidance and community involvement
  • Special services, including:
    • Welcoming services and French-language instructional services
    • Schooling in a hospital setting or at home

For students 18 years of age or younger (or 21 years of age or younger in the case of handicapped persons) enrolled in vocational training, the right to free educational services applies to the following services:

  • Training services, including:
    • Instructional services
    • Orientation services
  • Complementary educational services (the same as in preschool, elementary school and secondary school education, with the exception of services in spiritual care and guidance and community involvement)

For students under 18 years of age (or 21 years of age in the case of handicapped persons) enrolled in adult general education, the right to free educational services applies to the following services:

  • Training services, including:
    • Instructional services offered by various means:
      • Pedagogical support services
      • Literacy services
      • Preparatory services for secondary education
      • Secondary Cycle One education services
      • Secondary Cycle Two education services
      • Social integration services
      • Sociovocational integration services
      • Francization services
      • Vocational training preparation services
      • Preparatory services for post-secondary education
    • Orientation services

Free administrative services

A clarification has been added to the Education Act to indicate that the right to free educational services applies in all cases to administrative services, including: 

  • Admission
  • Opening of a file
  • Administration of examinations
  • Training of staff

Free educational services also include grade review requests submitted to school boards or to the Ministère.

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