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Essential Skills Upgrading

ESU Program Update:

The Essential Skills Program is now closed to new registrations and will reopen on August 23. New intake is by appointment only.
Please call the regional office most convenient for you and our staff will explain how you can register for our program.

East Regional Office:


South/Central Regional Office:


West Regional Office:



Essential Skills Upgrading

Essential Skills Upgrading (ESU) is a non-credit, adult program that helps clients improve their reading, writing, and math skills, as well as their employability and workplace skills.

The program is for individuals who:

  • Speak English 
  • Want to upgrade their skills to prepare for high school, college, apprenticeship or certificate programs or employment 
  • Are goal-oriented and want to gain self confidence 

The program is available in many locations across the city and runs September to June, Monday to Friday on a full-time or part-time basis, during the day or in the evening. 

To get started, call to attend an information session. Then, meet with an assessor to discuss your goals and needs, complete an assessment and develop a learning plan based on your goals.

This program is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and Employment Ontario. The TDSB works with other literacy providers through the Local Literacy Council, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy, to ensure that members of all communities have access to literacy training. 

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ESU Offices

This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement
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