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Dear International Students and Families:

On July 30, 2020, the Ontario Government announced the Guide for Reopening Ontario Schools. This is the guidance for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to prepare for the reopening of school for all students, including our international students. The TDSB is committed to provide a safe healthy school environment for students, teachers and staff, and safeguarding the broader communities in which we all live in, as well as consistently high-quality education for every student.

For the up-coming 2020-2021 school year:

  • Elementary school children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will attend schools 5 days per week, with one cohort for the full day, including recess and lunch.
  • Secondary schools will open using an adapted model, with class cohorts of approximately 15 students, attending on alternate days, or alternate schedules that would represent in-person attendance for at least 50% of instructional days.
  • Students are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings indoors on school property and on school buses. Students may wear their own mask or face covering, or use a non-medical masks provided by the school.
  • Staff are required to wear medical masks and, when physical distancing of 2m is difficult, or close contact (less than 2m for more than 15 minutes) with others is expected, eye protection in the form of face shield is also required. Medical masks and other PPE for staff will be provided by the Board.

The Full Remote Learning option is available for both elementary and secondary students.

In the near future, the TDSB will be sending a survey to new and returning students. This survey will ask you to choose your September school decision. Please make sure you check your email and visit our website often.

We encourage all international students who have received an Official Letter of Acceptance for the 2020-2021 to consider the options available and plan your travel to Canada accordingly. For your convenience, the options are found:

For details on arrival and reporting, please follow this link:

Students are also strongly encouraged to visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website site for travel to Canada updates before finalizing travel plans:

Please note our office is not open to the public. Please call 416-395-8120 or email us at

Important Message for TDSB International Students and Families:

We appreciate that you may have questions about the 2020-2021 school year, in particular the Fall semester. Toronto District School Board staff are working diligently to ensure programs continue to meet our high standards of academic rigour and learner experience. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, TDSB takes guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health regarding measures that are needed for school opening and programming.

We value our TDSB International students. To assist with your 2020-2021 school year planning below are four options:

  • Option 1: Secondary students can choose to take TDSB online courses while staying in home country. Students can enroll in 2 credit courses, which are 9 weeks in duration. When travel restrictions are lifted, students can travel to Toronto to join their classmates. Details on the available online courses will be posted on our website at a later time:

Students who select Option 1 are required to participate in the Online, Integrated Orientation and Summer School Program from August 4 to 28.

Note: Students who participated in our Online Integrated Orientation and Summer School Program and wish to apply for refund will be considered on a case by case basis, either for study permit rejection (date) or COVID-19 safety concerns. An administration fee of $500 shall be deducted.

We hope the above options will help families make plans. Please do not hesitate to contact us at:

International Students - Kindergarten to Grade 12

The TDSB is proud to be one of the most diverse and multicultural school boards in the world. We welcome students from all countries.

Attending school in Toronto is a rewarding experience with many benefits. Toronto is a beautiful, clean and safe city. International students will learn about other diverse cultures, gain new perspectives and meet new friends while getting a first rate education.

Our teachers and counsellors understand the needs of our international students and know that they often require help adjusting to life in a new country. Our staff speak a variety of languages and they are always willing to offer friendly guidance on academic and personal issues.

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For more information on our Toronto International Student Programs, please contact us at:

Telephone:  416-395-8120 
Fax:  416-395-8476
International Education and Admissions Office 
Toronto District School Board 
5050 Yonge Street 1st floor 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M2N 5N8

Canadian Association of Public Schools - International

Ontario Association of School Districts - International

Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
a democratic and sustainable society.
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