Who needs it? What is it?

by Katie Nicol | SchoolAdvice Education Consultant

There are many benefits in experiencing a Canadian education, both inside and outside of the classroom. Studying in Canada is an excellent way for your child to experience a multicultural landscape as well as to pursue personal growth in order to reach their full potential. Aside from all of these educational benefits that Canada has to offer, there are many other things to think about before sending your child to study in a new and different country. One such thing is guardianship. What is it? Who needs it?

Key Guardianship Issues #1

Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires unaccompanied foreign students studying in Canada to have a legal guardian in place if the child is under the age of majority. The age of majority may differ depending on the province. If your child will be studying in Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island, the age of majority is 18 years. In British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, the age of majority is 19 years.

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Key Guardianship Issues #2

The legal guardian for the student must reside within an appropriate distance from where the student will be studying and living full-time as they will be closely monitoring the well-being and success of your child as they adjust to their new environment in Canada. Guardians will be the support system needed by the student throughout their stay in Canada and should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any issue that may arise. They will be in continuous contact with the child’s school, teachers and parents to ensure a smooth transition and a successful year of studying abroad.

Key Guardianship Issues #3

Finding a responsible, legal guardian for your child may feel like a daunting task, but SchoolAdvice has all the services you require to ensure your child feels secure and has successful school year. With the SchoolAdvice Guardianship program, you will be able to put your mind at ease knowing that your child is under the caring and watchful eye of a SchoolAdvice guardian. We are able to provide a comprehensive guardianship program that begins from the moment your child’s plane lands in Canada until they return home. The guardian will act in place of parents to provide assistance with emergencies, accommodation, immigration, travel, and the overall success of your child’s education.

Key Guardianship Issues #4

Some service options of the SchoolAdvice program include, 24/7 emergency phone access which will help to ensure your child’s safety at all times, this is of course, being our top priority. We can also provide assistance with setting up a Canadian bank account and medical insurance, as well as travel services including pick up from the airport and drop off at their new home, away from home. In addition, SchoolAdvice guardians will also be able to attend parent/teacher interviews, as well as serve as a personal and educational advisor for your child as they progress through their academic career.



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