Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) offers international students the opportunity to study in a welcoming and diverse school community rooted in faith and values. We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) in all elementary (K-6) and intermediate schools (7-8) and have 4 secondary schools that offer ESL credit courses. We offer unique programs such as Focus Programs, Specialist High Skills Majors [], and e-learning courses []. The OCSB takes an innovative approach to incorporating technology into our students’ learning journey. Our Board was selected by the Canadian Education Association as the winning district to be an example for other Canadian school districts on digital transformation within education. Recently one of our Elementary Schools was awarded first place in the National “Classroom of the Future” Challenge based on innovative teaching and learning practices using technology.

Program Established: 2007

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester

Specialized Programs: French Immersion

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 85

High schools for international students: 5

Total Students: 40,000

Total International Students: 100-120

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

The OCSB presents excellent opportunities for students from all over the world to excel in their pursuits. Staff members provide a learning environment where students are supported based on their individual needs. The OCSB looks to develop the whole student, from their academic pursuits to their responsibility as a global citizen. The culture of compassion and caring for all people runs throughout our schools. The OCSB is a safe and inclusive learning environment in which our international students can achieve academic excellence and student success.

Nearest Airport: Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)

Entrance Dates: September & February for 9-12. September for K-8 (sometimes flexible).

Application Deadlines: At least three months prior to start date

Application Fee: $300

Full Year Tuition Fee: $12,000 (K-8) $13,000 (9-12)

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $5,500 (K-8) $6,000 (9-12)

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: N/A

Annual homestay fee, monthly fee, custodianship fee: fees set by MLI homestay (

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $386

Annual Custodianship Fee: N/A

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email:

Mailing Address: 570 West Hunt Club Road

City: Ottawa

Province: ON

Postal Code: K2G 3R4

Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2308

Fax: 613-224-5063