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More EMSB schools adopt reservation system for Kindergarten Registration

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Montreal - Friday, December 15, 2023

The English Montreal School Board has announced that Elementary School Registration Week for the 2024-2025 academic year will take place from Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 9.  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 Project

Three years ago the EMSB adopted a new format whereby parents could book a registration appointment online at some schools.  As of Monday, January 29 at 7 am, reservations will open at 24 elementary schools – a big jump from the five that launched the original pilot project three years ago.  One only needs to go to Over the years some these schools have had long lineups, in certain cases starting days before registration occurred. Parents will be called to validate their information, told if they have 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 and FACE are exceptions, since they do not have boundaries or bus transportation.

Registration Process

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 35,000 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, the EMSB network consists of 73 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at