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

  1. Proof of your current Ottawa address. Examples include: a rental or purchase agreement for where you live, a recent tax bill, a current utility bill (Hydro, Gas, Water) or a current Home Phone, TV or Internet bill. A driver’s license is not accepted.
  2. Proof of your child’s name/age. Examples include: a 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)

Examples of other helpful documents:

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

How to register once you have gathered your documents

Please Note: schools opening in September in Riverside South and Findlay Creek mean boundary changes for those areas. Please check the linked maps to see if you live within the boundaries of one of the new schools.

Please Note: Blessed Carlo Virtual Elementary School will no longer be offering kindergarten at this time.

Current Students Transferring Schools

All students registered before June are considered current students for September of the same year. If your family is moving before school starts, you can use the OSTA Bus Planner Tool to Find Your New School. Once you have your new school, 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.

Welcoming families of all faiths

Children of all religions are welcome to join the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Our approach to educating your child is inclusive, honouring the dignity of every child and respecting all beliefs, in keeping with our Catholic social teachings. Our educators encourage students to celebrate diversity and advocate for inclusion. At the OCSB, faith is at the heart of everything we do. Once you register, you become part of our OCSB family. We will journey with you from registration – to the first day of school – to graduation.

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 to 613-224-2222 schedule an in-person appointment.

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.