Table 1
Calculation of instruction time by jurisdiction

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Jurisdiction Source/Notes on calculation of instruction time
Newfoundland and Labrador The Schools Act sets the minimum instruction hours per day (kindergarten is 2.5 hours, Grades 1 to 3 is 4 hours and Grades 4 to 12 is 5 hours). The collective agreement between the province and the teachers' association allows schools to provide up to a maximum of 5 hours of instruction per day for Grades 1 to 3. Compulsory and intended instruction time is 5 hours of instruction time per day multiplied by the number of instruction days (187) in a year.
Prince Edward Island Instruction time for ages 7 to 14 are total minutes per day devoted to a subject multiplied by 185 (instructional days per year). Minutes per day for each subject are set in provincial documents: A Flexible Integrated Model and Minister's Directive No. MD 99-05: IntermediateSchool Subject Time Allotments. Instruction time for age 15 is based on 8 credits at 110 hours per credit as set in Minister's Directive No. MD 99-01: Senior High School Graduation Requirements.
Nova Scotia The ministerial Education Act Regulations set the minimum instruction time per day as 4 hours for Grades Primary to 2 and 5 hours for Grades 3 to 12; instruction time includes recess for Grades Primary to 6. Compulsory and intended instruction time is calculated based on the minimum instruction time per day (less 15 minutes per day for recess for ages 7 to 11) multiplied by the number of instructional days (187) per year.
New Brunswick Instruction time is based on the minimum number of hours of instruction per day set in the New Brunswick Regulation 97-150 under the Education Act (4 hours per day for kindergarten to Grade 2, 5 hours per day for Grades 3 to 8, 5½ hours per day for Grades 9 to 12). Compulsory and intended instruction time is the minimum instruction time per day multiplied by the number of instructional days (185) per year.
Quebec Compulsory and intended instruction time is based on the suggested number of hours for compulsory subjects in elementary and secondary, outlined in the Basic School Regulation for Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Education.
Ontario Ontario Regulation 298 states that the length of the instructional program of each school day for pupils of compulsory school age should be not less than 5 hours a day. This excludes recess and scheduled intervals between classes. For ages 7 to 13 compulsory and intended instruction time is 5 hours of instruction multiplied by 188 instructional days per year. For ages 14 to 15, instruction time is based on 8 credits at 110 hours per credit.
Manitoba Manitoba Regulation 101/95 states that the instructional day in a school must be not less than 5.5 hours including recesses but not including the midday intermission. For Grades 1 to 6, the instructional day is 5 hours. For Grades 7 through 12, the instructional day is 5.5 hours. The total compulsory and intended instructional time is the hours of the instructional day multiplied by the average number of 185 instructional days in a school year.
Alberta In accordance with section 39(1)(c) of the School Act, the Guide to Education stipulates that schools are required to ensure that Grade 1 to Grade 9 students have access to a minimum of 950 hours of instruction per year in each grade. Schools must also ensure that students in Grades 10 to 12 have access to a minimum of 1,000 hours of instruction per school year.
British Columbia Compulsory and intended instruction time is based on the School Act Regulation that sets the total yearly hours of instruction for students.
Yukon Compulsory and intended instruction time is based on the 935 hours of legislated instructional time in the Yukon.
Northwest Territories Compulsory and intended instruction time is based on the Northwest TerritoriesEducation Act which states that a school day shall consist of no less than 997 hours per year for Grades 1 to 6 and no less than 1,045 hours per year for Grades 7 to 12.