Home Education Legalities in Nunavut

Homeschooling in Nunavut is governed by the Education Act and its Home Schooling Regulations.

Section 34(3) of the Act relates to exemptions from compulsory school attendance, including

(f) the student is attending a home schooling program;

Section 21 provides an outline of what is involved in providing a home schooling program:

Home schooling program
21. (1) A parent of a child may, under the supervision of a district education authority, provide a home schooling program to the child at home or elsewhere in accordance with this Act and the regulations.

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit
(2) A district education authority shall supervise a home schooling program in accordance with Inuit societal values and the principles and concepts of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. Education Act S.Nu. 2008,c.15 14

Registration
(3) To be in a home schooling program, a student must be registered with a school and he or she must be at least six years of age on or before December 31 of the school year and he or she must be less than 18 years of age on that day.

Reimbursement of costs
(4) Subject to any regulations respecting the amounts to be paid, a district education authority shall reimburse the student’s parents for the education program costs that are incurred by or on behalf of a student who is registered in a home schooling program.

Evaluation and support of programs
(5) A district education authority shall, in accordance with the regulations, evaluate home schooling programs and provide support for them.

Duty of principal
(6) A principal shall assist the district education authority in carrying out its duties under this section and shall do so in accordance with the regulations and any directions that the district education authority may give.

Regulations
(7) The Commissioner in Executive Council may make regulations governing home schooling programs and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Commissioner in Executive Council may make regulations respecting the extent to which this Act will apply to home schooling programs and modifying how this Act and the regulations apply with respect to home schooling programs.

https://www.nunavutlegislation.ca/en/download/file/fid/10994

The Home Schooliing Regulations provide more details on what the requirements are:
https://www.nunavutlegislation.ca/en/download/file/fid/9810

2. A parent conducting a home schooling program shall

(a) have the primary responsibility for the provision of the home schooling program;

(b) ensure that the home schooling program fulfils the curriculum standards set by the Minister for the education program;

(c) agree with the principal on a method of assessment of the student that is consistent with the home schooling program;

(d) provide the information requested by the principal respecting the program of education to be used for the home schooling program to the principal at the beginning of the academic year;

(e) provide to the principal, twice during the academic year, a sampling of assessments that show the progress of the student in the home schooling program;

(f) twice during the academic year, discuss the progress of the student with the principal;

(g) make all reasonable efforts to implement any changes, suggested by the principal or the Superintendent, to the home schooling program that would improve the progress of the student; and

(h) meet with the principal or the Superintendent to discuss any recommendations that the principal or Superintendent make regarding the home schooling program.

3. A parent may share the responsibility for the home schooling of a child with the parent of another child who is receiving home schooling.

https://www.nunavutlegislation.ca/en/download/file/fid/9810

The Homeschooling Reimbursements Directive provides more information on reimbursement of costs:
https://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/homeschooling_reimbursements_directive.pdf


There are new proposals for changes to the Nunavut Education Act, but none that appear to affect homeschoolers at this time.
https://www.ourgoalsforeducation.ca/en/information
We will try to stay up to date with any upcoming changes, but please let us know if you’re aware of any that affect the information on our site. Thank you!