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How To Apply

Application Process

Step 1: Students submit application form, application fee, copy of passport /birth certificate, recent 2-year official transcripts and recommendation letter through the online application portal for evaluation: Please note all documents must be in PDF format.

All applications must be submitted through the online portal and our office no longer accepts hard copies or applications via email.

Step 2: Successful applicants receive Conditional Offer of Acceptance (COA). Students pay tuition fee and submit custodianship documents.
Step 3: Successful applicants receive Official Letter of Acceptance (OLA) and apply for a Study Permit and Visa to Canada.
Step 4: Students report to the TDSB with passport, study permit, newcomer profile and other missing documents. Medical insurance coverage shall be activated upon reporting.

Placement decisions are based on our evaluation of students’ academic standing and space availability at the requested TDSB schools. At any time during the application process, the International Students and Admissions Office may request verification of submitted documents and/or the information contained therein.

International students are not eligible to apply for specialized programs (e.g. Special Education, French Immersion, the International Baccalaureate Program, and regional arts and sports programs). All regular-track, in-school programs are open to them.

The Official Letter of Acceptance (OLA) is an agreement between the TDSD and the student families, and the TDSB is committed to deliver the programs to all accepted students as prescribed in this official document. If a student chooses to defer the enrollment to the subsequent semester or school year for personal reasons AFTER the OLA is issued, the International Students and Admissions Office reserves the right to grant or reject the deferral request upon reviewing our space availability and verifying the information provided by the student.

Application Timelines

September Intake: December 1 – May 1

February Intake: August 1 – November 1

The same timelines will be followed for deferrals. For instance, if a student requests to defer from September intake to February intake, our office will start processing these requests on August 1, and the deferral requests from February intake to September intake will be processed after December 1.


The International Students and Admissions Office has been made aware of several scams/frauds that are targeting international students. These scams involve sending fraudulent Letters of Acceptance/Invoices that look like they are from TDSB. If you have any concerns about whether a Letter of Acceptance is real, or whether you should pay an invoice, please feel free to connect with us at or 416-395-8120.

Document Check List

The following documents are mandatory at time of submitting the application:

  1. Completed, Signed and Dated Application Form (Please download from our website)
  2. Copy of passport (photo page) or Birth Certificate
  3. Copy of Completed, Signed and Dated Letter of Recommendation (Please download from our website)
  4. Copy of Most recent two-year transcripts or school report cards (certified or notarized)

The following documents must be submitted to ISAO before July 1 for September Entry and December 1 for February Entry or during the Reporting Stage:

  1. Copy of Custodian Declaration Form (Parents) (Notarized)
  2. Copy Custodian Declaration Form (Custodian) (Notarized)
  3. Proof of Custodian’s Status in Canada (Copy of Passport, Citizenship or Permanent Resident Card)
  4. Copies of two documents showing proof of address (for elementary students only)

At time of Reporting:

  1. Copy of Passport
  2. Copy of Valid Study Permit
  3. Two copies of Newcomer Profile
  4. Copy of Immunization Records (Translated into English and certified)


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