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(my emphasis)ground school instruction means classroom-type instruction generally given to one or more persons and covering an organized program of lectures, homework or self-paced study that adheres to an approved training program; (instruction théorique au sol)
If you can get the right someone to approve the programme, sure.
The "right someone" photofly is referring to is the CFI at your FTU - get his or her approval and you're good. Just be sure to get this worked out and planned in advance and not "after the fact".
It is important to understand as a customer that flying schools (flying clubs as well!) are first and foremost businesses! The vast bulk of their business revenues are generated from aircraft rentals and dual lessons, not from ground school fees. Therefore you will find that most flying schools and clubs will be very eager and accommodating to assist you if you wish to complete ground school based on primarily on self study. Just tell them what you would like to do and you should have no problems setting this up.
Regardless of whether you prefer self study via training texts with the paperwork and recommend handled by your local FTU or online course with an external FTU and the recommend under their authority, just be sure to first consult with the CFI at your local FTU and see what they suggest in your circumstances.
Here are some good Canadian sample exam study guides for the PPL:
http://www.vippilot.com/canadian-books/ ... -2018-d305 (400 questions includes charts)
http://www.acceleratedaviation.com/webs ... ivate.html (1,200 questions with 12 exams includes charts)
http://pilotshop.ca/books-and-study-man ... swer-guide (600 questions with one exam includes charts)
https://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca ... 13014e.pdf (100 questions one exam, this is by TC and is a little too easy but at least it is free and is good practice anyways - you will need the Toronto VNC)
There are also online exams for the PPL from the following sources:
http://harvsair.com/courses/ground-scho ... nd-school/
http://www.acceleratedaviation.com/webs ... exams.html
All of the above should be doable as home study with CFI approval.
There are other good resources out there for sure but the above should do the job -