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Western Québec School Board

About Us

A school board is a legal person established in the public interest and is primarily governed by the Education Act. The Education Act is also complemented by the provisions found in the Civil Code of Québec. The primary function of a school board is to ensure that the persons who come under its jurisdiction are provided the educational services to which they are entitled under the Education Act.

The Western Québec School Board (WQSB) provides English language education to eligible students in the Outaouais, Pontiac and Abitibi-Temiscamingue regions. Committed to excellence and the development of life-long learners, the WQSB provides quality education in 30 schools and adult education and vocational training centres. Our schools offer a variety of programs, including pre-Kindergarten, French immersion, work skills training, homework and tutoring assistance as well a plethora of extra-curricular activities. 

For more information regarding extra-curricular activities, please consult our documentation on Daycares, Schools and Centres.

A bit of History

Traditionally, school boards were divided by language and religion. On July 1, 1998, however, the Government of Québec introduced a new educational framework. The province decided to omit religion from public educational institutions. This change amended the boards’ jurisdictions and territories across the province.  Students were now separated solely on language. As a result, the Western Québec School Board ceded some northern territory but none of its schools.  It was during this time that the WQSB added 7 schools to its existing 22 schools as well as introduced adult education services throughout its territory. This change actually reduced the immense territory to approximately twice the size of Nova Scotia.



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