There are several ways you can connect with others in the community of home based learners across Canada:
- Organizations and support groups
- E-lists and Yahoo! Groups
- Message Boards
- Facebook groups
- Provincial and local homeschooling support
To find support more locally, visit the relevant provincial pages.
To find support more internationally, visit our page of links.
Organizations and support groups
You can find provincial home based education organizations and local support groups in the provincial sections. For Canada-wide support, join one of the e-lists or yahoogroups listed below.
Association of Canadian Home Based Educators (ACHBE)
The Association of Canadian Home Based Educators (ACHBE) is currently inactive. It may be revived if enough interest is sparked and enough volunteers step forward from the different provinces to make it happen. If you’d like to be actively involved, contact Marian at email@example.com
Unschooling Canada Association
Web site: unschoolingcanada.ca
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Unschoolingcanadaassociation
Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/unschoolingcanada
A non-profit society dedicated to supporting, informing, and advocating for unschooling, self-directed education (SDE) in schools, free learning, and freedom in education. Monthly free support webinars for members (via Zoom – voice only). UCA Annual Conference recordings for purchase, with speakers like Pat Farenga, Clark Aldrich, Sandra Dodd, Judy Arnall, Linda Clement, Peter Gray, Pam Laricchia, and Carlo Ricci.
The Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA Canada)
Web site: hslda.ca
HSLDA Canada is a national non-profit organization designed to support and protect homeschooling families in Canada. Annual membership entitles homeschooling families to receive legal support at no extra charge should they need it in the course of exercising their homeschooling rights. Other membership benefits include a group insurance policy, a newsletter, downloadable homeschool notification/reporting forms, and other support services such as letters.
Service in English: phone: 519.913.0318 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Services français : téléphone : 819.909.6928 / courriel : email@example.com
E-lists and Yahoo! Groups
Living is learning. This list is the place for chatting about anything and everything! Join us to share ideas and information with other Canadian home based learners.
To join the list, send a request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This list is for Canadian unschoolers who believe in child-led/natural learning. It is a list for unschoolers certain of their choice, and also for those who are learning to let go of school-at-home and let their children lead the way. This list is not for those wanting questions answered about what unschooling, natural learning, or child-led learning is — there are better forums for those questions to be answered. This list is also not for those who use the word unschooling, yet apply other than child-directed learning attitudes.
To join the list, send a request by email to Unschooling_Canadaemail@example.com
A group for Canadian Military Homeschooling Families. A place to build up, encourage, help, give advice, receive advice, and ask questions. Canadian Military Homeschooling Families welcomes families of all homeschooling styles, faiths and ethnicities.
This is a forum created to encourage dialogue about the transition of Canadian homeschooled students into post-secondary education. We invite home educating families and anyone with an interest in broadening our understanding of the admissions process in Canada to join and share their knowledge and experience. This list is sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents and is part of our ongoing investigation into this issue.
To join the list, send a request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For Canadian parents who are either using the Calvert Home Study Curriculum, or thinking about doing it. On this forum, you may find out more about Calvert, get tips on practically any aspect of using Calvert with your children, ask questions, as well as share your expertise and fellowship with other Canadian Calvert users.
Un groupe pour les franco-canadiens qui enseignent à leurs enfants à la maison. Ce groupe se veut un lieu de soutien en ligne pour tous les parents enseignants francophones (ou bilingues faisant l’immersion à la maison), sans exclusion selon les méthodes ni selon qu’on soit ou non religieux. L’école à la maison, ou l’école à domicile, (“homeschooling”), n’est pas nécessairement un enseignement comme à l’école, quoique ça peut l’être. Ça peut aussi être un apprentissage bien plus libre et individualisé comme dans l’approche “unschooling”. Toutes les approches sont les bienvenues. Le but du groupe est d’avoir des discussions, des échanges d’idées et de renseignements sur les légalités et les ressources éducatives en français, et aussi une occasion de se faire des amies/amis en ligne et d’organiser des groupes de soutien régionaux pour les rencontres et activités en personne. La participation dans ce groupe nécessite une attitude tolérante envers nos différences, et une manière respectueuse de s’exprimer. Rejoignez-nous et contribuez au développement d’un réseau amical bien relié pour la communauté francophone des parents enseignant à la maison au Canada!
Le forum FEM (Forum d’école-maison) se veut un lieu convivial d’échange pour les parents qui font l’éducation à la maison. Ce forum francophone prend racine au Québec et vise à échanger sur notre vie quotidienne de parents- éducateurs et renseigner les parents qui veulent débuter cette belle aventure. En vous enregistrant, vous accèderez à une panoplie de ressources. Alors n’hésitez pas et joignez-vous à nous! ecolemaison.forumactif.com
This is the FB Group associated with the Canadian Home Based Learning website and FB Page. All Canadian homeschoolers and unschoolers (and prospective homeschoolers/unschoolers) are welcome to join us for discussion and Q&A about home based learning, as well as networking, support, and friendship. It’s a closed group, so please answer the questions when you apply to join, so we can approve your request.
A Christian Homeschool Group for Facebook Users.) This is a place set up for homeschoolers to share successes, struggles, failures, ask questions and more.
This group is for bloggers. Specifically bloggers in Canada who homeschool. If you fall under that category, and you’ve requested to join – please send an admin a message with your blog link so we can add you. The goal of this group is to encourage, grow, and connect our homeschool blogging community here in Canada. To provide a platform of learning and opportunity, sharing and promoting, and friendship.
This is group designed for Canadians who homeschool high school or who have a high school child learning from home. You must be living in Canada or teaching using Canadian content in order to join this group. It is for support and questions and sharing of information related to homeschooling in Canada only. Feel free to sell homeschool curriculum on the site, however, any costs and shipping arrangements are the responsibility of the buyer and seller and not in any way the responsibility of the group or its creators or monitors. Keep in mind only the sale of homeschool and teaching supplies are allowed in this group. All other postings will be removed and removal from the group may also occur if these rules are not followed. Happy Homeschooling everyone
This group is open to parents who homeschool or are considering homeschooling their children that have UNIQUE needs, with or without a formal diagnosis. By UNIQUE, we mean those who learn differently than the ‘regular’ child, and who have academic or behavioural struggles
The Facebook group of Unschooling Canada Association, a non-profit society dedicated to supporting, informing, and advocating for unschooling, free learning, and freedom in education.