Home School Legal Defence Association Of Canada

HSLDA Canada Membership FAQ

Question 1:
What is HSLDA Canada and why do I need to apply for membership?

The Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA) is a national organization that empowers, protects, and encourages homeschooling families across Canada.

As a non-profit organization, any funds that we receive are used to further the mission and goals of our organization. We are a membership-based organization. This means that people become members of HSLDA Canada and our resources, in turn, go to benefit our members. HSLDA is thousands of member-families strong, united in purpose, providing strength and encouragement for homeschooling families across the country.

HSLDA Canada has been defending the rights of Canadian families to educate their own children at home for over 25 years.

To find out more about us and who we are, visit our About Us page

Question 2:
When should I join HSLDA Canada?

It is to your benefit to have membership in place before you begin homeschooling. However, you can become a member at any time.

Question 3:
What if I apply for membership with a current legal issue?

We do our best to assist non-members when they contact us with urgent legal issues. Where you are calling us as a non-member with a current legal problem, regardless of whether it is related to homeschooling, our legal team needs to review your situation with you in more detail prior to processing your application. One of our lawyers will contact you for a consultation, which generally takes between 1 and 2 hours. That is why we require a legal review fee even when your legal issue is not about homeschooling. After this consultation, we will follow up to advise if your application is approved. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accept your membership application, we will do our best to assist you with your problem.

Please submit a membership application, and the HSLDA Legal Department will review it carefully. Membership applications involving a current legal issue requires full annual payment of the membership fee ($156 [discounted] or $192 [standard] plus a $100.00 legal review fee and, if approved, are generally processed within two business days. If your application cannot be approved, we will return your payment (legal review fees cannot be refunded) and send you a letter of explanation.

HSLDA reserves the right not to approve any membership application. We also reserve the right to revoke membership if any information has been misrepresented.

Question 4:
How long does it take to approve my application?

The processing of applications generally takes 2-4 weeks (longer during HSLDA Canada’s busy season). You will receive your membership information via email once your membership is processed.

You are welcome to expedite your application with a non-refundable rush fee of $100 if you would like to have your application reviewed and processed within 2 business days.

Applicants with pre-existing legal issues are processed differently. Please see the previous section for a detailed explanation.

HSLDA reserves the right not to approve an application for membership.

Question 5:
What legal services does HSLDA Canada provide to members?

Our legal services include:

  • Answering our members’ homeschool-related legal questions or questions about a situation that may impact our members’ homeschool;
  • Maintaining and developing forms and written guides to help you notify or report, according to your province or territory’s homeschooling regulations;
  • Corresponding on your behalf with social services, school officials, or provincial Ministries/Departments of Education regarding your homeschool;
  • Providing information to other professionals involved with our members (family court lawyers, medical professionals, etc.) about homeschooling when requested; and,
  • Funding select court cases where homeschooling is the primary issue, and where our early involvement was insufficient to resolve the situation.

Question 6:
Does HSLDA ever refuse legal services to a member?

Regrettably, there are times when HSLDA must decline to provide legal services to a member. Examples of such situations include:

  • Where the member has consulted with one of HSLDA’s lawyers but problems have developed such that the Rules of Professional Conduct permit the lawyer to withdraw from the case. Such situations include: where the member has deceived the lawyer assisting them, refuses to accept and act upon the lawyer’s advice on an important point, is persistently unreasonable or uncooperative in a material respect, or where there is a material breakdown in communications between the lawyer and the member.
  • Where non-homeschooling issues predominate. Our area of expertise is homeschooling, and homeschooling-related legal issues. We do not provide legal advice or in areas of law completely unrelated to homeschooling.
  • Where the member has failed to ensure the terms of membership are met. For example, we may refuse services if a member failed to notify us promptly at the start of an investigation or concern raised about the member’s homeschool as per the membership agreement, with the result that the situation has now become very serious. Another example would include failure to keep adequate records of homeschooling, which we require in order to defend a member’s homeschooling.

Question 7:
What other services does HSLDA Canada provide to members?

Click here to view more information about our services

Question 8:
What services does HSLDA Canada provide to non-members?

HSLDA Canada relies on memberships to carry out our mission to defend and advance homeschooling and parental rights. However, as part of our desire to encourage and support all homeschoolers, we make valuable information and resources available to non-members as well. Even if you are not a member of HSLDA, we hope you will benefit from services such as:

HSLDA Canada’s website, connecting you with news, research, ideas, and other resources to help you homeschool more successfully

HSLDA Canada has provided you with their provincial homeschool forms here

Question 9:
I am an HSLDA Canada member, how do I contact HSLDA Canada in a legal emergency?

Call the office at 519.913.0318 during regular office hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST (closed for lunch, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.). After hours, call the office and follow the instructions for the emergency contact information.

Question 10:
How do I contact HSLDA Canada with a non-emergency issue?

Call the office, leave a message, send an email, contact us through private messenger on Facebook or leave a public comment.

Question 11:
What is HSLDA Canada’s relationship with homeschool organizations (both online and offline)?

Our membership team has a list of trusted homeschool groups across Canada to help members connect with a group within their neighbourhood. HSLDA Canada also provides additional support for members who serve other homeschoolers. We can help with: legal structure, insurance and liability, setting up governance structure and general organization. In addition, we develop relationships with groups to provide membership discounts and group insurance.

Question 12:
Is homeschooling legal in Canada?

Yes. However, every province and territory has its own laws surrounding homeschooling.
Not a member? Click here for more information.
Already a member? Log into our Member Site for further details.

Question 13:
How much does it cost to join HSLDA Canada? {link to the membership fees/structure}

For a list of our membership levels and fees click here.
To join HSLDA click here.

Question 14:
How do I join HSLDA Canada? {link to the membership application}

Complete the application online or print the application, fill it out and mail it to the office:
HSLDA Canada
Unit 25 Upper – 980 Adelaide St. S.
London, Ontario, N6E 1R3

Question 15:
How do I support the homeschooling movement, if I am not homeschooling?
Donations to HSLDA Canada support our member families by increasing and improving our available services to them as they continue on their homeschooling journey. Although these donations do not qualify for a tax-deductible receipt, your generous support helps us to make a positive difference for homeschooling families. If you would like to support HSLDA member families, please contact our office at 519.913.0318 or email us at info@hslda.ca.

However, if you want to more broadly support home education in Canada and receive a tax-deductible receipt, donate to The Canadian Centre for Home Education (CCHE). CCHE is an advocate for the homeschooling community; and, provides ongoing support and research to elevate how Canadians think about home education.

www.cche.ca/donate

Thank you for your support!

Question 16:
Will you sell, share, or give out my address or personal information?

No, we treat your information with complete confidentiality. To read more on how HSLDA Canada collects and uses your information please click here.

As a home educator you know the benefits of having access to solid resources to maximize your time and achieve your goals. For over 25 years HSLDA has been working diligently to support homeschool families like yours by providing everything needed to succeed. Expert legal support, insurance coverage, and advice from our experienced staff are just some of the many benefits of joining HSLDA.

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