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Adult ESL

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: If you are registered in an ESL class and have not been in contact with your instructor, please send an email to and leave your name, phone number, email address, site you attended and your level. We will contact you as soon as possible. Please note that at this time we are not accepting new learners. Once we have accommodated our existing learners with our capacity then we will consider registering new learners.

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.


To Register

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

  • No. Please call 416-338-4300 to book an assessment appointment

  • Yes. Visit us at one of these sites:
North South

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.- Thurs. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm,
Mon.- Thurs. 7:00 - 9:00 pm,
Fri. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat. 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

North Central Adult ESL Centre
5075 Yonge Street, 10th Floor, M2N 6C6 (Yonge and North York Centre)
Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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
East West
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)
Thursdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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

Click the links below for eligibility, assessment and registration information translated in the following languages:

Contact Us

Phone: 416-338-4300
2 Trethewey Drive
Toronto, ON M6M 4A8

2019-2020 Adult ESL Brochure

View 2019-2020 Adult ESL Fall Brochure

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.

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Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
a democratic and sustainable society.
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