Admissions Requirements / Optional Attendance

*** PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION CAREFULLY, as the application process has changed and missing documentation will delay the process. ***

General student registration information for Harbord C. I. to parents and legal guardians.  Each registration request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and students are accepted to attend Harbord C. I. when “all” documentation requirements are met.  

The Toronto District School Board requires schools to review documents as listed below. By discretion of the school Principal, Vice-Principal, or Guidance Counsellor, additional documentation may be requested on a case-by-case basis. Registration requests may be delayed if documents are incomplete or not legible.

For complete registration information and to begin your registration process, please proceed to the TDSB registration page, read all information carefully, and submit all applicable information and documents.  You may wish to black out or redact any confidential information that may not be required from your documents.  For an outline of accepted documents, please see the information below. 

TDSB Registration Page:  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Find-your/School/Registration


Optional Attendance information for students and families living outside of the school catchment – Please note that the Optional Attendance status for all programs at Harbord C. I. in the school year 2022-2023 is “CLOSED” for all programs; ref. https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Find-your/School/Optional-Attendance


REGISTRATION INFORMATION for the current school year and the next school year 2022-2023

Please see below, [A] through [F], for Registration Information that may be applicable to your family’s circumstance.

[A] Grade 8 students residing with their parent/legal guardian in the Harbord catchment AND attending a TDSB (Toronto District School Board) school do not need to make a registration appointment at Harbord CI. You may contact the grade 8 guidance counsellor, teacher, vice-principal or principal at your child's school to assist you with the grade 9 registration process. To verify if your primary home address is in the Harbord catchment area, please search your home address on this webpage: Find Your School - By Address

[B] Grade 8 students residing with their parent/legal guardian in the Harbord catchment but attending a non-TDSB school may begin the process on the registration page:  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Find-your/School/Registration

[C] Secondary school students currently attending a TDSB school that share the Harbord catchment, such as CTA, CTS, please begin your transfer request by contacting your vice-principal at CTA or CTS.

[D] International students registration inquiries, please contact The International Students and Admissions Office directly. See this webpage for more information: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/International-Programs/International-Students / Phone: +1-416-395-8120 / Email: StudyToronto@tdsb.on.ca

[E] Students coming from outside of Ontario or Canada, the actual arrival dates to Ontario and Canada are needed.

[F] Other student registration information for other circumstances, or if you have questions or concerns, please email Albert.Fung@tdsb.on.ca and/or Harbord@tdsb.on.ca or phone the school.


ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS REQUIREMENT for new registration requests to Harbord C. I.

Please read all information carefully as some requirements have changed or revised.  You may redact or black out any confidential information that is not needed to process the registration request.

1. Verification of Primary Home Address – TWO (2) recently dated items from two (2) different bullet points list below, issued to you within the current/past three (3) months.  Note that both home address documents need to show the names of the parent/legal guardian and primary home address, where the student and parent(s)/legal guardian are current residing.  To verify if your primary home address is in the Harbord catchment area, please see this link:  Find Your School - By Address 

All documents need to be from the original issuing party and NOT altered but you may redact or black out any confidential information that is not needed to process the registration request. Please note that a Driver’s Licence is NOT accepted to verify the home address. 

  • Most recent correspondence from Canada Revenue Agency
  • Property tax bill or notice of tax assessment
  • Utility bill (e.g. hydro, gas, water)
  • Cable TV, internet, home phone bill (mobile internet or cellular phone bill is NOT accepted.)
  • Insurance policy (home, tenant, auto or life)
  • Mortgage statement
  • Current purchase and sale agreement
  • Original correspondence from a government agency or legal clinic may be accepted as a second proof of address document
  • Deed or government/corporation issued rental/lease agreement (Privately arranged lease agreements with or without notarised seal are NOT accepted, please choose two other and different documents from this list above.)

 2. Verification of Student Legal Names, Age, Date of Birth and Canadian Citizenship or Eligible Immigration Status - ONE (1) item. 

**Students who do not hold Canadian citizenship or PR status or Refugee status, please also provide the student's home country passport photo page and arrival date stamp page and/or Government of Canada issued document, if applicable.**

  • Birth Certificate - Ontario Long Form Birth Certificate, with names of parents or Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Canada Passport photo page
  • Canadian Citizenship Card or Certificate
  • Permanent Resident Card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (PR)
  • Refugee Claimant Documentation
  • Foreign Passport (photo page, visa page and entry date to Canada page) – student / child of parent with Canada Immigration issued Work Permit VISA, if applicable.

3. Most recent grade 8 report card or current academic records issued by the student's current school -  Secondary School Credit Counselling Summary, Transcript and final/interim Report Card(s), listing all interim grades and courses earned to date in the current school year, as applicable.  Academic records in a foreign language should be submitted along with an official translation fully in English, if applicable.

4. Special Education information, I.E.P. - Individual Education Plan and other academic related reports/documentation, if applicable.

5. Ontario Health Card or other health insurance coverage for the student.

6. Ontario Long Form Birth Certificate, with names of the birth parents.  Guardianship or Ontario Custody Court Order Documentation, if applicable.  If non-applicable, both parents/legal guardians are assumed to have joint custody of the student (age under 18 years old).

7. Ontario Court Order outlining Legal Guardianship, transferring custody, etc., as required and to be reviewed by the Legal Dept at the Toronto District School Board.  When the student does not live with a parent but lives with a legal guardian in the Harbord catchment, an Ontario Court Order should be provided to Harbord C. I. that outlines that the parents are transferring custody from parents to an adult resident within Ontario and stipulates that the guardian assumes full care and well-being of the student and that the student is residing with the legal guardian throughout the custody period.  This document would be provided to Harbord C. I. and then reviewed by TDSB Legal Services before we register the student.  Anyone who assumes Legal Guardianship must reside in the jurisdiction of TDSB and within the Harbord C. I. catchment area.

8. Canada Immigration issued Work Permit VISA to parent, Canada Immigration issued Student Permit VISA to accompanying child and Passports (photo page, visa page and entry date to Canada page) of parent/legal guardian and child, if applicable.

9. For newcomers to Ontario or students returning after an extended period outside of Ontario, an English and Math assessment appointment will be arranged with the West End Reception Centre.  The West End Reception Centre is located at 777 Bloor Street West, 4th floor, Toronto, ON (south side opposite Christie subway station), Tel: 416-393-0542 https://www.tdsb.on.ca/New-to-Canada/Students/Registration-Reception-Centres.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to inquire by email or telephone.  Albert Fung, Email: albert.fung@tdsb.on.ca, Tel: 416-393-1650 x 20040