International Schools in Canada

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Canada is a multicultural and metropolitan country, particularly the cities of Toronto and Vancouver. A move to Canada may be triggered by a desire for a change in lifestyle: a long-awaited opportunity to change pace, improve the quality of life, spend more time with loved ones, or explore new ventures.

Big draws to the Canadian lifestyle include its natural beauty and extensive opportunities for sport, leisure and cultural involvement, all of which provide huge attractions to tourists and residents alike. From traditional gastronomic delights, such as maple syrup, poutine and icewines, to the various sporting activities Canada has to offer (ice hockey and Canadian football being particularly popular), find out here how to make the most of your new life in this rich and varied country.

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Cost of Living

Cost of living

Food will be a basic expense. Costs will depend on the size of your family. This cost can double if you often eat in restaurants or choose to buy specialty items.

Clothing expenses may be less than 10% of your take-home pay. You may spend a lot more if you buy your clothing at designer stores. Second-hand shops sell used clothing and furniture at very low cost.

Alcohol and cigarettes

Some people include alcohol and cigarettes as part of their budget. Alcohol and cigarettes are expensive in Canada because they are heavily taxed.


Many Canadian families have one or more cars. Canadians either buy their cars new or used or they lease them, which is a form of rental.

Make sure you think of all the costs before you decide to buy or lease a car. For example, when you own a car you will have to pay to keep it working well, for gas, monthly loan payments, registration and insurance. When you lease a car you will sign a contract to have the car for a set period of time. You will pay the same costs as you do when you own a car.

Many Canadians use public transportation, walk or bike.


The biggest part of Canada has a continental climate, although average winter and summer high temperatures across Canada vary according to the location. Winters can be harsh in many regions of the country, particularly in the interior and Prairie provinces, which experience a continental climate, where daily average temperatures are near -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) but can drop below -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit) with severe wind chills. In noncoastal regions, snow can cover the ground almost six months of the year. Coastal British Columbia enjoys a temperate climate, with a mild and rainy winter. On the east and west coasts, average high temperatures are generally in the low 20 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit), while between the coasts, the average summer high temperature ranges from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit), with occasional extreme heat in some interior locations exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit)

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office        US State Department         BBC World News           Al Jazeera     

School Profile Pages

Please click on the school below to access the school profile page*. This is a new resource and we will be adding more profiles asap.

  • Abbotsford Middle School
  • Abbotsford Senior Secondary School
  • Académie de la Capitale
  • Académie Ste. Cécile International School
  • Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute
  • Ancaster High School
  • Annunciation Catholic Elementary School
  • Archbishop MacDonald High School
  • Ashbury College
  • Aspengrove School
  • Assumption College Catholic High School
  • Balmoral Hall School
  • Bayview Secondary School
  • Bedford Road Collegiate
  • Bellerose Composite High School
  • Beurling Academy
  • Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School
  • Bishop O’Byrne High School
  • Branksome Hall
  • Britannia Secondary School
  • Brockton School
  • Brockville Collegiate Institute
  • Bronte College
  • Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute
  • Campbell Collegiate
  • Capilano Elementary
  • Cardinal Carter Catholic High School
  • Carson Graham Secondary School
  • Catholic Central High School
  • Cedarvale Community School
  • Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup
  • Centennial Academy
  • Chambly Academy
  • Champlain Regional College
  • Charles P. Allen High School
  • Charlottetown Rural High School
  • Children’s World Academy
  • Chippewa Secondary School
  • Citadel High School
  • Clearpoint Elementary School
  • Cobequid Educational Centre
  • Cobourg Collegiate Institute
  • Cole Harbour District High School
  • Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
  • Colonel By Secondary School
  • Colonel Gray High School
  • Coronation School
  • Courtland Park International School
  • Cypress Park Primary School
  • Dr John Hugh Gillis Regional High School
  • Dwight School Canada Society
  • Elmwood School
  • Elsie Roy Elementary School
  • Father Lacombe High School
  • Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy
  • G.W. Graham Middle-Secondary School
  • Garibaldi Secondary School
  • Georgetown District High School
  • Glendale Secondary School
  • Glenforest Secondary School
  • Glenlyon Norfolk School
  • Glenora School
  • Glenview Park Secondary School
  • Grande Prairie Composite High School
  • Halifax Grammar School
  • Halifax West High School
  • Harrison Public Elementary School
  • Harry Ainlay High School
  • Henry Wise Wood High School
  • Heritage Regional High School
  • Highland Secondary School
  • Holy Cross Académie Internationale
  • Holy Heart of Mary High School
  • Holy Trinity High School
  • Horton High School
  • Howard S. Billings High School
  • Hugh Boyd Secondary School
  • I.E. Weldon Secondary School
  • Island Pacific School
  • Jasper Place High School
  • John G. Diefenbaker High School
  • John Paul I High School
  • Kelvin High School
  • Kempenfelt Bay School
  • Kenner C.V.I. & Intermediate School
  • King George Secondary
  • King Heights Academy
  • King’s-Edgehill School
  • Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute
  • Korah Collegiate and Vocational School
  • La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science
  • Lakeside Academy
  • LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School
  • Laurier Macdonald High School
  • Lester B. Pearson High School
  • Lillian Osborne High School
  • Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School
  • Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School
  • Lord Roberts Elementary School
  • Louis St. Laurent School
  • Lower Canada College
  • Luther College High School
  • Lynn-Rose Heights Private School
  • M.E. LaZerte High School
  • MacLachlan College
  • Marymount Academy
  • McNally Composite High School
  • Meadowridge School
  • Michael Power – St Joseph High School
  • Michelangelo International Elementary School
  • Miles Macdonell Collegiate
  • Millarville Community School
  • Milne Valley Middle School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • Monarch Park Collegiate
  • Montrose Junior High School
  • Mountain Secondary School
  • Mulgrave Independent School
  • New Oriental International College
  • New Westminster Secondary School
  • Nicholson Catholic College
  • NorKam Secondary School
  • North Battleford Comprehensive High School
  • Northumberland Regional High School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Notre Dame Secondary School
  • Old Scona Academic High School
  • Pacific Academy
  • Park View Education Centre
  • Parkdale Collegiate Institute
  • Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School
  • Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School
  • Port Moody Secondary School
  • Prairie Waters Elementary School
  • Prince Andrew High School
  • Queen Mary Community School
  • Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School
  • Richmond Secondary School
  • Ridley College
  • Riverdale High School
  • Robert Bateman High School
  • Rockridge Secondary School
  • Ross Sheppard High School
  • Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Saint John High School
  • Salisbury Composite High School
  • Seaquam Secondary School
  • Semiahmoo Secondary School
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute
  • Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute
  • Sir Winston Churchill High School, Calgary
  • Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Vancouver
  • Southlands Elementary School
  • Southridge School
  • St Clement Catholic Elementary/Junior High School
  • St John’s – Kilmarnock School
  • St Robert Catholic High School
  • St. Albert Catholic High School
  • St. Boniface Fine Arts Focus School
  • St. Edmund Elementary School
  • St. Francis Xavier Secondary School
  • St. John’s School
  • St. Joseph High School
  • St. Jude’s Academy
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School
  • St. Mary’s High School
  • St. Michael School
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Secondary School
  • St. Thomas High School
  • St.Thomas More Catholic Junior High School
  • Stratford Hall
  • Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
  • Sunnybrook School
  • Sydney Academy
  • TFS – Canada’s International School
  • The Leo Baeck Day School
  • The York School
  • Thom Collegiate
  • TMS School
  • Turner Fenton Secondary School
  • United World College of the Pacific/Lester B Pearson
  • Upper Canada College
  • Vaughan Road Academy
  • Victoria Park Collegiate Institute
  • Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts Vincent J. Maloney Catholic Jr High School
  • West Bay Elementary
  • West Vancouver Secondary School
  • Westdale Secondary School
  • Western Canada High School
  • Westglen School
  • Westminster School
  • Weston Collegiate Institute
  • Westwood Collegiate
  • Wheatley School
  • White Oaks Secondary School
  • William Grenville Davis Senior Public School
  • Windfields Junior High School
  • Winston Churchill High School
  • Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School

Please let us know if the schools details need updating.
The information on this page has been gathered by the Leopardfish team. However staff, websites and contract benefits change regularly. If you discover one of these changes please let us know by emailing us at admin@leopardfish.
* Leopardfish takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this data, All data is provided in good faith.