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Ottawa offers high quality English and French education in public, Catholic and private school systems. Public elementary and secondary school education is paid by the government. If you enroll your children in private schools, you will have to pay tuition fees.

You will also find many colleges and universities in Ottawa offering specialized learning for adults and high school graduates. But unlike schools, you will have to pay tuition fees.

  • Algonquin College offers more than 100 full-time programs.
  • Carleton University offers over 200 programs in 47 departments, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology and international studies.
  • La Cite collégiale offers 70 full-time college programs in areas such as administration, media and communications, health, technology, hospitality and tourism, community services and trades.
  • University of Ottawa offers more than 300 programs in 10 faculties and is North America’s premier bilingual university.