The four western provinces and Quebec provide tuition support to parents who choose independent schools.
British Columbia had the lowest proportion of students enrolled in public schools at 86.6 per cent.
Independent schools are more willing to try new ways of teaching, organizing and operating.
All major European countries fund non-government schools.
Alberta is currently the only province to offer charter schools.
Approximately 368,000 students attend nearly 2,000 independent schools across Canada.
Only 4.8 per cent of Alberta independent schools are elite prep schools.
Only 3.9 per cent of independent schools in Ontario are elite prep schools.