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Pilot project announced for EMSB Elementary School Registration Week February 1 to 5

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Montreal - Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The English Montreal School Board has announced that Elementary School Registration Week for the 2021-2022 academic year will take place from Monday, February 1 to Friday, February 5. If one child from a family is already enrolled in a particular school, a sibling registration period will take place a week earlier.

Parents are asked to register at the EMSB elementary school nearest their residence offering the French program of their choice. For more information please call (514) 483-7200, extension EMSB (3672) or log on to the Board’s website at

Special Online Reservation Pilot Project

This year five schools will be part of a pilot project whereby parents must book a registration appointment online as of Monday, January 25 at 7 am. They are: Royal Vale in NDG, Merton in Côte Saint-Luc,   Edinburgh in Montreal West; Gardenview in St. Laurent; and East Hill in Rivière-des-Prairies. They will be able to do so by going to Over the years these schools have had long lineups, some starting days before registration occurred. Parents will be called to validate their information, told if they got a spot and given an appointment time. As per the EMSB enrollment policy, priority will be given to children residing within the school’s distinct boundary. Royal Vale is an exception since it does not have a boundary nor bus transportation. 

Registration Process

The proper COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed for all schools when parents enter the building to submit the necessary documentation. 

All pupils registering for the first time are required to provide a birth certificate and vaccination records to the school the child will be attending. Parents will be asked to fill out forms which will allow the school to apply for the certificate of eligibility for English schooling.

Under the Charter of the French Language, a certificate of eligibility is generally granted to children who did the majority of their elementary or secondary studies in English in Canada; whose mother or father did the majority of his/her elementary studies in English in Canada or whose brother or sister did  the majority of his/her elementary or secondary studies in English in Canada. As a result of language legislation, this criteria excludes studies completed in the Quebec Private School system.

 About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 37,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, our network consists of 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at