Jun 16, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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A growing number of Canadian families are choosing to home-school their children, according to a new study from the Fraser Institute.

It says 21,662 Canadian children were registered as home-school students in 2012, an increase of 29 per cent over a five-year period, but acknowledges there are more home-school kids not officially registered.

The study suggests that while decisions to home-school in the past were driven by ideology or religion, families are now choosing the option for more pragmatic reasons.

For example, home-schooling corresponds with personal circumstances such as having children in time-consuming extra-curricular activities, a child with a health issues or a learning disability or because the family lives in a remote location or travels extensively.

The study notes policymakers are paying attention to the jump in numbers, with at least five provinces having updated or expanded homeschooling regulations since 2007.

All provinces require home-school parents to register or notify the authorities of their home schooling. Three provinces Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec require submission of a formal educational plan and evidence of student progress

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