Toronto District School Board

Visitors to Canada are welcome to attend our classes for $7 per hour (taxes included) with an initial assessment. The assessment costs $60.

ESL Programs

Gaining proficiency in English is a critical skill for many newcomers to our city. Every year, nearly 20,000 adults benefit from the TDSB’s English as a Second Language classes. Find the program you need close to home or through the links below.

Adult ESL Program 2017 - 2018
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Visitors Welcome

Have you taken an ESL class over the last 12 months?

  • No. Please call YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre at 416-925-5462 to book an assessment appointment.
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  • Yes. Visit us at one of these sites:

Bickford Centre
777 Bloor St. West, M6G 1L6 (Bloor & Christie)
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Mon.-Thurs. 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Sat. 9:00 - 11:00 am

Jones Avenue Adult Centre
540 Jones Avenue, M4J 3G9 (Danforth & Jones)
Mon.- Fri. 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Bathurst Heights Adult Learning Centre/ John Polanyi
640 Lawrence Avenue West, M6A 1B1 (Lawrence & Allen Expressway)
Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am - 2:30 pm, Mon.- Thurs.6:30 - 8:30 pm, Sat. 9:00 - 12:30 pm

Overland Learning Centre
55 Overland Drive, M3C 2C3 (Lawrence & Don Mills)
Mon.- Fri. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Mon.- Thurs. 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Sat. 8:30 am - 12:30 pm


Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute
2239 Lawrence Avenue East, M1P 2P7 (Lawrence & Kennedy)
Mon.- Fri. 9:00 am - 2:30 pm, Mon., Wed. 6:30 - 8:00 pm


Mimico Adult Centre
255 Royal York Road, M8V 2V8 (Lakeshore & Royal York)
Mon.- Fri. 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

ESL Classes and Locations

We offer free ESL classes, in locations across the city, to adults who are residents of Canada or who are applying for residency status. Search for ESL classes

Some of the classes we offer include:

  • Conversation
  • Citizenship preparation
  • Language proficiency test preparation
  • Literacy
  • Bilingual programs where English is taught with the help of the student's first language
  • Family classes, where children are welcome
  • Business language and computer skills courses

Who is eligible for free classes?
Our classes are free if you are a:

  • Canadian Citizen (born outside of Canada)
  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee
  • Refugee Claimant
  • Provincial Nominee
  • Canadian Experience Class participant
  • Live-In Caregiver Program participant

Visitors are Welcome

Visitors to Canada are welcome! Visitors can attend for $7 per hour with an initial assessment. The assessment costs $60. View our Visitor flyer.

Continuing Education

Phone: 416-338-4300

2 Trethewey Drive 
Toronto, ON M6M 4A8

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