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Home School Support Groups meet a very valuable need. They are wonderful for fellowship, encouragement, inspiration, resources, and just plan fun. If you are new to homeschooling you will find a Home School Support group helps you with getting started in your Home Education. If you are a veteran home educator, you are an amazing resource for new comers and their enthusiasm helps you remember why you started this adventure!

CHER is refreshing and continuing to compile a list of Home School Support Groups across Canada. Check for a support group in your area in the list below. If your support group is not listed, please let us know. If there isn't one for you - start one! If you are moving to a new part of Canada - we hope you can find new contacts here.

Please fill in the form at the bottom of this list and email the information to CHER@CanadianHomeEducation.com Also, we would be very happy if you could include our web address www.CanadianHomeEducation.com on your support group website. We have been told repeatedly that we are a great resource to all home school families. And we hope to continue working towards that goal. At the bottom of this page there is a tag that you can put on your website to show a link to our website. Copy and paste the code below the CHER Logo box, and it will appear on your site. Thanks for including us!

Find Your Support Group by clicking here:

Provincial Support Groups:

Alberta Provincial Organization

Alberta Home Education Association

Email registrar@aheaonline.com
Website www.AHEAonline.com
The AHEA conference takes place in Red Deer Alberta each spring. It is well worth attending. It is obvious in all the attention to detail as well as the way home educators are made to feel welcomed at this event that the AHEA board has worked hard to provide a first class home school conference. For more information check out the CHER Conference List.

British Columbia Provincial Organization

B.C. Home Learners' Association

Website www.bchla.bc.ca
BCHLA promotes homeschooling, independent of government involvement

Manitoba Provincial Organization

Manitoba Association of Christian Home Schools

Email info@machs.mb.ca
website http://machs.mb.ca/
MACHS has a great annual conference held each March in Winnipeg.

Ontario Provincial Organization

Ontario Christian Home Educators’ Connection

Location Province-wide
Contact Person Beth Rockwell
Phone 519-688-7648
Email secretary@ochec.org
Website www.ochec.org
Personal direct connection with both our individual family members and our chapter members, newsletters, convention, leadership training and information packages for Beginners, High School, and (coming soon) Homeschooling children with Learning Challenges.

 

National Support Groups:

HSLDA

Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA)

National Support Organization Canada

Email info@hslda.ca
Website www.hslda.ca

HSLDA's mission is to enable, to empower, and to protect Canadian homeschooling families. Our name indicates our unique and primary role: we are our members’ defence and assurance in any legal matters that might impact their ability and right to homeschool. We are actively involved in provincial, federal, and international politics to ensure that Canadians’ constitutional freedoms to homeschool are not limited or jeopardized. However, what many people do not realize is that our members experience many other benefits as well. HSLDA is committed not only to defending your freedom to homeschool, but also to lightening your load as you homeschool. Our expert staff, our member site, our social media sites, and our regular emails are full of insight, resources, and answers to help our members in their homeschool journey. Take some time to look around our website and to discover all the services we offer! From preschool to high school graduation to entering the postsecondary realm, HSLDA has the knowledge and help that you need to homeschool well. You do not need to wait for a crisis: you can contact our office anytime with questions you may have. Why not become a member today? HSLDA: the partner in your homeschooling success!

 

To join HSLDA, visit our Web site at www.hslda.ca
You may also contact our office by phone at 519.913.0318 or by email at info@hslda.ca


 

Local Support Groups:


 

Alberta

 Calgary

Calgary Home Schooling Resources Website
A website with home schooling resources, for people in the Calgary area. It includes stores, groups, courses, places to visit, and other useful information for home schoolers.


Calgary-HS
Calgary-HS is a Yahoo group (an Internet discussion group) for home schoolers, and those considering home schooling, in the Calgary area. You can ask any questions you have. This is a great source of information on all aspects of home schooling, including how to get started, dealing with school boards, selecting curriculums, dealing with tough days, etc. etc., and you can even get emotional support from fellow home schoolers who have been there. There are also many activities organized by people in this group, including field trips, park days in the spring/summer/fall, etc.
groups.yahoo.com/group/calgary-hs

 

Okotoks Home Learning Support

Location Okotoks
Contact Person Tanya Parsons
Email hsokotoks@hotmail.ca
Okotoks Home Learning Support is for home learners to support each other. Home learning parent organized. We can share ideas, have weekly gatherings at various locations. Activities for the whole family, for all ages and most of all enjoy the great experience home learning is for us.

Cochrane Home Educators (CHE)

Location Cochrane, AB
Email info@CochraneHomeEducators.com
Website www.CochraneHomeEducators.com
mission statement: To encourage and support home learning families, and to educate others on the benefits of home education.

Camrose Christian Home Educators

Location Camrose, AB
Contact Person Nola Hutchinson
Phone 780-672-1583
Email  dnhutch@telus.net or homeschool@syban.net
Our support group is large, has several age groups throughout, cares about people and welcomes all interested people.

Home School Christian Fellowship

Location Edmonton, AB
Contact Person Gloria Hagens
Email hscfed@gmail.com
Website www.hscfedmonton.ca
We have monthly meetings usually with a speaker, a yearly Science Fair, a yearly Track and Field, a yahoo group to help members connect, and other get-togethers.

Fairview Christian Home Educators' Support Group

Location Fairview, AB
Contact Person John and Hilda Zylstra
Phone 780-596-3162
Email johnzylstra@abnorth.com
We meet every 3rd Friday at Whitelaw Agriculture Hall
We have a potluck then a planning meeting(to coorindate group events such as swimming classes etc.) or social time while the children play in the gym. Sometimes we have a speaker.

Grande Prairie and Area Homeschool Fieldtrip Group

Location Grande Prairie, Alberta
Contact Person Maureen Schmidt
Phone 780-568-4468
Email mightymo@persona.ca
Website  
We are a large group of families who enjoy having our children participate in a wide variety of activities throughout the year. We are open to all homeschoolers. The organizers are volunteers.

Home Learning Support - Central Alberta

Central Alberta - Home School Activities

Location Red Deer and Area
Contact Person Lori Desrosiers
Phone 403-728-0150
Email lori.desrosiers@gmail.com
Website Home Learning Support
  Central Alberta Homeschool Activities
Home Learning Support - Central Alberta is a group for chatting online as well as we have a regular weekly Mug Up (coffee/playtime). New this year we will be meeting on Fridays at the Spruce View Drop In Center for Mug Up, HS Activities and Events, Teen Time, Parents Night Out and Family Potlucks.

Central Alberta - Home School Activities is a group for members to post homeschool activities, no chatting online which reduces the number of emails, if that appeals to you. New this year we will be meeting on Fridays at the Spruce View Drop In Center for Mug Up, HS Activities and Events, Teen Time, Parents Night Out and Family Potlucks.

Peace Region Home Education Partnership Conference

Location Sexsmith, Alberta
Contact Person Maureen Schmidt
Phone 780-568-4468
Email prhep1@gmail.com
Website www.prhep.net
This yearly May conference offers training, support and encouragement to parents who choose to home education their children. This conference serves families who choose many different styles of homeschooling.

Peace Home Educators Network

Location Peace River and Area
Contact Person Rhonda Davidson
Phone 780-338-2277
Email crcrw@telus.net
We are a loosely based association with no formal structure who arrange group activities for homeschool families, such as swimming lessons, gym time, Christmas social, and Education Fair.

We have been meeting together for many years and have a tightly knit small support group. We have monthly meetings through the year (and take a break during the summer). There are occasional field trips and other extras, as members feel inclined to host. We usually meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, but email or phone for confirmation.

Vermilion Home School Support Group

Location Vermilion
Contact Person Terry Yaceyko
Phone 780-853-6141
Email albertarose@telus.net
 

Wetaskiwin Home School Group

Location Wetaskiwin, AB
Contact Person Melanie Krause, Carrie Rusk
Phone 780-352-5778; 780-361-2088
Email mmkrause5@live.ca; skiesthelimit8@hotmail.com

 

British Columbia

Abbotsford Christian HomeSchool Association (ACHSA)

Location Abbotsford, BC
Contact Person Bia Warkentin
Email abbychristianhomeschool@hotmail.com
Website achsa.ca
We are one of the largest support groups in BC that meet once a month. Please contact us for more information about homeschooling, support,  "The Learning Centre" and how to get connected with other homeshooling families in the lower mainland.

New Life Homeschool Association

Location Burnaby, BC
Contact Person Phyllis Schouten
Phone 604-395-6837
Email info@newlifehomeschool.com
Website www.newlifehomeschool.com
Members enjoy monthly support meetings with speakers related to specific educational and homeschool relevant topics, monthly field trips, newsletters and a great resource library

Catholic Homeschoolers of the Fraser Valley

Location Fraser Valley
Email chfvstmb@gmail.com

Langley Home Educators Association

Location Langley BC
Email lheagroup@gmail.com
Website http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LHEA
We are a Christian homeschool support group serving Langley and the surrounding areas.  We meet once a month for support & encouragement from other moms. We also get together throughout the year for various field trips, classes and park days etc.

East Kootenay Homeschoolers

Location Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Fernie, Sparwood and area
Contact Person Daleen Bybee
Email ekhomeschoolers@gmail.com 
Website Facebook
We try and meet weekly for some kind of activity or field trip.  We have a great group of families from lots of different schools and lots of different ways of life. All homeschooling families welcome to join and participate. 

Fort Nelson Homeschoolers

Location Fort Nelson, B.C.
Contact Person Barbara Wall
Phone 250-774-6023
Email barbwall@northwestel.net
Website  
We believe in what we are doing

Heritage Home Learners (Christian)

Location Surrey, B.C. serving Surrey,  North Delta, and New Westminster
Email heritagehomelearners1987@gmail.com
Website www.heritagehomelearners.com
 We are an independent Christian homeschool support group, not connected with any school or organization. Our goal is to support one another in educating our children at home (since 1987). HHL has monthly meetings (see the calendar tab on our website) with access to our resource library.  Our HHL email informs the membership of local opportunities and activities for homeschool families.

North Peace Home Educators Association

Location Fort St John, BC
Website http://npheahomeschool.wordpress.com
Email npheaexec@yahoo.ca

Comox Valley Home Learners Network

Location Comox Valley
Contact Person Dianne Mitchell
Phone 250-702-1096
Email dmitch9@shaw.ca
Swimming lessons organized 30 weeks a year. (3 sessions of 10 weeks) Contact with other homeschooling activites in Valley.

VicHomeLearn

Location Victoria, BC
Email vichomelearn@gmail.com
Website groups.yahoo.com/group/VicHomeLearn
VicHomeLearn is an inclusive, free, non-directed email list for all Greater Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island families who homeschool. Members can share information about activities and events, connect with one another, ask questions about home learning, and have respectful, supportive conversations about homeschooling, home learning, unschooling, deschooling, parenting, fabulous resources... and so on! All with a direct interest in home schooling or home learning are very welcome!

 

Victoria Christian Home Educators

Location Victoria BC - Covering Greater Victoria, Saanich Peninsula, Western Communities, Sooke, Cowichan Valley
Contact Jonah and Honey Brown
Email If you are the administrator of this group, please suppy us with a current contact information.
 

 

Saskatchewan

Homeschoolers in Southwest Saskatchewan

Location Swift Current & Area
Contact Person Dorothy Holfeld
Email jdholfeld@sasktel.net
Dorothy maintains an e-mail list of anyone interested in getting together with other homeschoolers.  Anyone on the list can organize an activity, field trip or get- together and send out an e-mail through Dorothy to invite other homeschoolers to attend.

ARCHE (Association of Regina Christian Home Educators)

Location Regina SK
Contact Person Gerald & Sandy Fortier
Phone 306-352-6927
Email arche@fastmail.fm
Website

http://business.accesscomm.ca/arche/

 

 
Location Saskatoon
Home-Based Educators of Saskatoon
Website homebasededucators
Prairie Spirit Home Educators
Website http://pshe.wordpress.com/

 


 

Manitoba

We currently have no Support Group listing for Manitoba, If you know of a Maniotoba Support Group, please have them contact us. We would love to have them listed in this space!


Quebec

Association d'Enfants Scolarisés à la Maison(AESM)

Location Lanaudiere Region-Most activities are held in Rawdon, Quebec
Contact Person Amber Lawrence
Phone 450-882-2123 ext 5026
Email info@ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org
Website www.ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org
Facebook Find them on Facebook!
The Association d'Enfants Scolarisés à la Maison(AESM) is the only non-profit bilingual, secular organization in the Lanaudiere region that helps encourage socialization of homeschooled children by offering affordable family activities and facilitates the exchange of resources and information between homeschooling families.

The Montreal Homelearners and Centre Communidée

Location Montreal
Contact Person Sonya Olthof
Phone (514) 394-0855
Website

www.montrealhomelearners.ca


Nova Scotia

We currently have no Support Group listing for Nova ScotiaI. If you know of a Nova Scotia Support Group, please have them contact us. We would love to have them listed in this space!


New Brunswick

We currently have no Support Group listing for New Brunswick. If you know of a New Brunswick Support Group, please have them contact us. We would love to have them listed in this space!


Newfoundland

 

Christian Home Educators of Newfoundland & Labrador (CHENL)

Email

chair@chenl.org

secretary@chenl.org

 


Ontario

Kingston Home Learners

Location Kingston, ON
Contact Person Christine
Phone 613-384-7872
Email kingstonhomelearners@yahoo.ca 
Website kingstonhomelearners.wordpress.com/
Whether you are just thinking about homeschooling or are a seasoned veteran we invite you to find out more about the Kingston Home Learners.  We warmly welcome dedicated families that are seeking an educational cooperative to join us on our homeschooling adventures.

Niagara Home Educators’ Association  

Location Niagara Region
Contact Person Anita Klassen 
Email nhea@cogeco.ca
Website http://home.cogeco.ca/~nhea/
We hold monthly support group meetings, as well as a fine arts co-op, gym days for all ages and monthly moms' nights out. Information is disseminated via a private online forum.

Rideau Valley Home Educators’ Association

Location Ottawa area and Western Quebec
Website www.rvhea.org
Christian organization that welcomes all who accept our constitution, yearly conference in April,  support meetings 8 times a year, newsletter 10 times a year, Facebook  page for our members, co-ops and many member generated activities, email tree for rapid dissemination of information

Prince Edward Island

PEI Homeschool

Location Prince Edward Island
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PEIHomeSchoolcom-260518027356871/

Northwest Territories

We currently have no Support Group listing for Nova ScotiaI. If you know of a Nova Scotia Support Group, please have them contact us. We would love to have them listed in this space!

 


 

 

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