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My children are attending a school in Ontario. Can they get help with their language skills?

If you have children who do not speak English or French as their first language, or if they speak a variety of English or French that is different from that used in Ontario schools, they can get language training and support in Ontario elementary and secondary schools.

Children and youth who are learning English or French and attend elementary or secondary schools can get direct support from teachers who specialize in meeting their language learning needs. Children and youth can also get help to develop language and literacy skills.

There are Newcomers’ Guides to Education that you can download from the net in many different languages. These will give you more information about Ontario’s publicly funded school system.

Some Ontario school boards have newcomer reception centres which may assess the language skills of students and help them find schools with specialized services language training support.

 The following table lists out the contact information for the Ontario School Boards
School Board Contact Information
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Newcomer Reception and Assessment Centre
St. Veronica School
680 Novo Star Drive
Mississauga, ON
L5W 1C7
Telephone: (905) 361-2344

Newcomer Reception and Assessment Centre
St. Isaac Jogues School
300 Great Lakes Drive
Brampton, ON
L6R 2W7
Telephone: (905) 361-2344

Greater Essex County District School Board Newcomer Reception Centre
284 Cameron Ave.
Windsor, ON
N9B 1Y6
Telephone: (519) 254-5017
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Assessment Centre
(In Dr. Harry Paikin Room on the first floor of the Education Centre)
100 Main St. West
Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6
Telephone: (905) 521-2554
Ottawa Catholic School Board Family Welcome Centre for Newcomers
570 West Hunt Club Road
Nepean, ON
K2G 3R4
Telephone: (613) 224-2222
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board The Family Reception Centre
300 Rochester St., Room 202
Ottawa, ON
K1R 7N4
Telephone: (613) 239-2416
Peel District School Board

We Welcome the World Centre
- Brampton
25 Kings Cross Road
Brampton, ON
L6T 3V5
Telephone: (905) 366-8791

We Welcome the World Centre
- Malton
3131 Morning Star Drive
Mississauga, ON
L4T 1X3
Telephone: (905) 366-8791

Simcoe County District School Board The Newcomer Welcome Centre
320 Bayfield Street
Barrie ON
L4M 3C1
Telephone: (705) 725-8360 ext. 310
Toronto Catholic District School Board Orientation Centre
783 Bathurst St. (in Loretto College Annex)
Toronto, ON
M5S 1Z5
Telephone: (416) 393-5500
Toronto District School Board

West End Reception Centre
777 Bloor St. W.
Toronto, ON
Telephone: (416) 393-0542

Greenwood Reception Centre
24 Mountjoy Ave.
Toronto, ON
Telephone: (416) 393-0750

Waterloo Catholic District School Board Newcomer Reception Centre
154 Gatewood Road
Kitchener, ON N2M 4E4
Telephone: (519) 743-3328
Waterloo Region District School Board Welcome Centre for Newcomers
749 King Street West, Unit 203
Kitchener, ON, N2G 1E4
Telephone: (519) 576-3018
Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board Newcomer Reception Centre
1214 Ottawa St.
Windsor, ON N8X 2E6
Telephone: (519) 973-9282
York Catholic District School Board ESL/ELD Reception Centre
320 Bloomington Rd. W.
Aurora, ON
Telephone: (905) 713-1211
York Region District School Board Reception Centre Kennedy Fields Plaza
7200 Kennedy Road
Markham, ON L3R 4P2
Telephone (905) 479-0546

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