Four programs to help adults improve English

Did you know the Ottawa Catholic School Board offers several free programs for adults to improve their English? Not only do our Adult ESL Programs and LINC Programs allow newcomers to practice and improve their language skills, but they can also open doors to career opportunities. If you know a newcomer over the age of 18 who might benefit from one of these excellent programs, help us spread the word!

English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for adults

Take one of our classes (offered during the day or at night) to improve your English, prepare for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, strengthen your computer and workplace skills, and get ready for the Canadian citizenship process. We currently offer:

  • Daytime classes that are part in-class and part online
  • Online daytime classes 
  • Online night classes

Who can register for this program? New Canadians, permanent residents, refugees, refugee claimants, visa holders, visitors and diplomats.

How much does it cost? This program is free for Ontario newcomers. There is also no material cost for this school year. You would usually pay $25 (part-time), $50 (full-time), $10 (night classes), $5 (weekend classes). Learn more about registration fees.

Home Support Worker Certificate Program (ESL)

Do you enjoy caring for seniors? Are you looking for a rewarding career as a Support Worker? 

This five-month course can get you ready for a job in Ontario’s health sector. Through this program, you can earn certificates in CPR and First Aid, Falls Prevention Program and Safe Food Handling.

This course also provides training in:

  • The role of the Home Support Worker in Ontario
  • Working with clients and their families
  • Working in a team environment
  • Home management
  • Canada’s updated food guide: food shopping and safe food handling
  • Elder abuse: recognizing and reporting
  • Communication with memory care clients
  • Gaining employment: resume writing and interview preparation

The Home Support Worker Certificate Program (ESL) runs from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, until June 25, 2021, at St. Nicholas Adult High School – Central Campus, 20 Graham Street.

Who can register for this program? New Canadians, permanent residents, refugees, refugee claimants, visa holders, visitors and diplomats who have completed CLB 5.

How much does it cost? This program is free for Ontario newcomers. There is also no material cost for this school year. You would usually pay $25 (part-time), $50 (full-time), $10 (night classes), $5 (weekend classes). Learn more about registration fees.

*Or call 613-594-5773

Child Care Worker Certificate Program (ESL)

If you enjoy working with young children, our Child Care Worker Certificate Program (ESL) could help prepare you for a career in child care!

This five-month course can prepare you for a job as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Assistant or Home Child Care Operator or get you ready for ECE studies at the college level. Through this program, you can earn certificates in CPR and First Aid, Safe Food Handling, and safety protocols for working during COVID-19.

This course also provides training in:

  • Professionalism in Early Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Child care and home daycare legislation
  • How learning happens
  • Early Learning philosophies
  • Behaviour Management
  • Program planning/early literacy
  • Job readiness

The Child Care Worker Certificate Program (ESL) runs from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, until June 25, 2021, at St. Nicholas Adult High School – Central Campus, 20 Graham Street. 

Who can register for this program? New Canadians, permanent residents, refugees, refugee claimants, visa holders, visitors and diplomats who have completed CLB 5.
How much does it cost? This program is free for Ontario newcomers. There is also no material cost for this school year. You would usually pay $25 (part-time), $50 (full-time), $10 (night classes), $5 (weekend classes). Learn more about registration fees.

*Or call 613-594-5773

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program

Our LINC program helps you improve your language skills while also helping you settle in and integrate into Canadian society. The program, funded by the Government of Canada, is perfect for newcomers looking to make Canada their new home.

Who can register for this program? Permanent residents and convention refugees over the age of 18. Refugee claimants and Canadian citizens are not eligible for the LINC program.
How much does it cost? This program is free for Ontario newcomers. There is also no material cost for this school year. You would usually pay $25 (part-time), $50 (full-time), $10 (night classes), $5 (weekend classes).

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