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Essential Skills Upgrading


The Essential Skills Upgrading Program is now open to serve new and returning learners. 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 416-396-6904

South/Central Regional Office 416-393-1995

West Regional Office 416-394-3809


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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Upcoming Events & Workshops

FREE Microsoft Excel Workshop
Tues & Thurs May 4, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Via Zoom

FREE Microsoft Excel Workshop
Class Day(s): Tues & Thurs May 4, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Via Zoom

FREE Computer Basics and Intro to Word
Class Day(s): Thurs / Fri May 13, 9:30am - 12:00pm

FREE Computer Basics and Intro to Word
Class Day(s): Tue / Thur May 18, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

FREE Microsoft Excel Workshop
Class Day(s): Tue & Thur May 25, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Via Zoom

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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