Legal Issues

At HSLDA we believe that parents have the right to educate their own children. To borrow the words from  the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..."We believe that one of the rights, one of those responsibilities, which can only be delegated and never abdicated, is the right to educate one's own children.

There are certain elements of home education which form an irreducible core of rights which are necessary for a family to discharge this responsibility. While the Supreme Court has ruled that a government can require parents to follow certain processes of notification or registration, this process must not exclude families from home educating based on irrelevant grounds.

We do not believe that a government has a right to prescribe or proscribe a detailed course of study such as a provincial curriculum. This also means that any test that requires a detailed knowledge of any one curriculum will also violate this parental right, since it would require parents to teach a certain curriculum in order for their children to succeed in such a test.

Home education is legal everywhere in Canada. However, the laws of home education from province to province can be applied very differently in different situations. HSLDA exists to advise you on how this law will apply in your circumstances. As a member, we invite you to contact us so we can provide you and your family with the best legal advice possible in every given situation.

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