To have a child declared eligible to receive instruction in English, the parent or legal guardian of the child must apply to the school board or private school where he or she wishes to enroll the child.
The parent or legal guardian must complete the appropriate application form and attach all of the required supporting documents. In all cases, the child’s birth certificate must bear the names of both parents and must be enclosed. If a birth certificate cannot be provided, any other official document issued by a competent authority and attesting to the child’s date of birth, sex and filiation may be submitted.
The school board or private school then forwards the application and required supporting documents to a person designated by the Ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche. This person will check if the child is eligible to receive instruction in English and render a decision.
The parent or legal guardian of the child will be informed of the decision in writing. Provided that the paperwork is complete, applications are usually processed within 10 working days, in accordance with the Declaration of Services to Citizens.
If the parent or legal guardian who made the application wishes to contest an unfavourable decision made by the designated person, he or she has 60 days to file an appeal with the Tribunal administratif du Québec. If he or she wishes to claim a serious family or humanitarian situation, he or she has 30 days to file an appeal with the examining committee.