Welcoming families of all faiths

The Ottawa Catholic School Board welcomes families of all faiths. Our schools offer innovative programming; engaging learning spaces and dedicated educators. Children who are baptized Catholic or have a parent that is baptized are automatically eligible to attend one of our schools. Students of all other faiths are also eligible as long as we have space in the school. At this time, all of our schools have space to welcome non-Catholic children.

Registering for school is as simple as A-B-C

  1. Proof of your Ottawa address in Ottawa (recent). Examples include a rental or purchase agreement for where you live, utility bill, bank or credit card statement. A driver’s license is not accepted.
  2. Proof of your child’s name/age (e.g. birth certificate or passport)
  3. You or your child’s immigration documents if your child was not born in Canada. (If you’re new to Canada, please see our Family Welcome Center)

Other helpful documents include:

  • A student report card
  • IEP (Individual Education Plan)
  • Assessments (if your child requires special accommodations)

How to register once you have gathered your documents


What happens after we register?

After completing your registration, we will follow up with you by email within 2-5 business days. If you have questions at any point in time, please contact Admissions at or call 613-228-3338 to schedule an in-person appointment.

Already an OCSB family? Is your family planning to move?

All students registered before June 2022 are considered current students. For families with current students moving, we ask you to use the OSTA Bus Planner Tool to Find Your School. Once you have, please, complete the transfer form.


Call our Family Welcome Centre to make a registration appointment. Our staff will help you with the entire registration process. 613-233-5670.

Virtual learning at the OCSB

We’ve opened two permanent Virtual Schools this year. Each with its own dedicated administration team and school name.

Read more about the announcement of the opening of these new schools.

These names will honour the spirit of a Catholic virtual learning environment and reflect an inclusive community as a whole. Our new Virtual Schools are intended for students who learn best in the online environment. Each school has its own dedicated administration team and school name. Students attending Virtual Schools will join other virtual students from across the city and form a virtual Catholic School community.

Can we switch back to in-person learning?

This is meant to be a permanent change, not a temporary learning solution before returning to in-person learning. After starting virtual school next year, if you find that this is not the best learning environment for your child, you may request a Transfer Between Schools in the “Cross-boundary transfers” section on our Boundaries page. Transfer Between Schools is not guaranteed and can only happen if there is room for your child at the school.