Academic grading in Canada

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Academic grading in Canada varies by province, level of education (e.g., high school or university), institution (e.g., Queens), and faculty. The following are commonly used conversions from percentage grades to letter grades, however, this is not necessarily meaningful, since there is not a uniform scheme for assigning percentage grades either.

Standards by province[edit]

British Columbia[edit]

Letter Percent
A 86-100
B 73-85
C+ 67-72
C 60–66
C- 50–59
F 0-49

F= Failed course. I= Incomplete, in which an I-package is handed out and must be completed in order to pass.

W: approved withdrawal from course

Newfoundland and Labrador[edit]

  • A+: 90% - 100%
  • A: 85% - 90%
  • A-: 80% - 84%
  • B+: 75% - 79%
  • B: 70% - 74%
  • B-: 65% - 69%
  • C: 60% - 64%
  • C-: 55% - 59%
  • D: 50% - 54%
  • F: 0% - 49% (Grade F is the sole failing mark.)

Manitoba[edit]

7th & 8th Grade

  • A+ : 90-100
  • A  : 80-89
  • B  : 70-79
  • C  : 60-69
  • D  : 50-59
  • F  : 0-49 (Failing Mark)

Senior 1 -Senior 4:

Senior 1-4(Grade 9-12) students need to obtain 30 credits in 4 years. The credits are given on a pass-fail system. Each teacher creates their own standard of the pass-fail line. The line can be no less than 50% and no greater than 70%. When the student completes Senior 4 a class rank based on the curve will be put on his transcript.

Ontario[edit]

  • A (Level 4, beyond government standards) 80% and above
  • B (Level 3, at government standards) 70-79%
  • C (Level 2, approaching government standards) 60-69%
  • D (Level 1, well below government standards) 50-59%
  • R (Remedial standards-used in elementary schools), or F (Failing standards-used in high schools), 49% and below.


  • A+ : 90% - 100%
  • A  : 85% - 89%
  • A- : 80% - 84%
  • B+ : 77% - 79%
  • B  : 73% - 76%
  • B- : 70% - 72%
  • C+ : 67% - 69%
  • C  : 63% - 66%
  • C- : 60% - 62%
  • D+ : 57% - 59%
  • D  : 53% - 56%
  • D- : 50% - 52%
  • F  : 0% - 49%

Quebec[edit]

  • A+:95 (Special Honour Roll Distinction)
  • A :90 (Special honour Roll Distinction)
  • A-:85 (Honour Roll Distinction)
  • B+ :80 (Honour Roll Distinction)
  • B-:75 (Excellence)
  • C+:70 (Excellence)
  • C :65 (Government Standards)
  • C-:60 (Government Standards)
  • 55 (Fail)
  • 50 (Fail)
  • D+:40 (Fail)
  • D :35 (Fail)
  • D-:30 (Fail)
  • E+:25 (Fail)
  • E :20 (Fail)
  • E-:15 (Fail)
  • F+:10 (Fail)
  • F:5 (Fail)
  • F-:0 (Fail)

At a high school level, most subjects are separated in three competencies. On report cards, marks are normally shown as numbers and an average of the two marks associated to the subject will be calculated. [1] For example, if a student achieves A, A- and B+ in a subject, teachers will calculate an average of the three marks (in this case, 90%).

Quebec passing mark is 60% and not 50% as compared to some other provinces. Also worth note the military pass mark is also generally 60%.

Saskatchewan[edit]

  • 4: 91-100%
  • 3: 80-90%
  • 2: 55-79%
  • 1: 0-54%


In elementary schools "M" may be used to indicate a student is in a modified program (for children with learning disabilities, etc.)

  1. ^ http://www.mels.gouv.qc.ca/renouveau/index.asp?page=pub_bulletins