Ottawa Catholic School Board

Site: Nepean - Catholic Education Centre

Service: English as a Second Language / Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada - Continuing and Community Education Department

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Contact Information
Office Phone Continuing and Community Education Department 613-224-2222 
Adult ESL Administrator 613-731-8769, 613-731-3237
Fax Continuing and Community Education Department 613-224-9263 
Adult ESL Administrator 613-731-6636
Primary Contact Abai Coker, Adult ESL Administrator; Phone: 613-731-8769 * 613-731-3237; Fax: 613-731-6636; Email:
Alternate Contact Marianne Kayed, Manager, Continuing and Community Education Dept. Ottawa Catholic School Board; Phone: 613-224-2222; Fax: 613-224-9253; Email:
Primary Executive Denise Andre, Director of Education; Phone: 613-224-2222
Address & Map
Catholic Education Centre
570 West Hunt Club Rd
Nepean, ON K2G 3R4
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Physical Access Fully Accessible
Description & Services
Description (Service) ESL (English as a Second Language) classes develop communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks. 
Classes are offered at various locations, components of ESL are: Foundation * CLB's 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 LINC, IELTS, Citizenship, Childcare available for ESL students. 
Also offers other specialized programs such as ESL - Skills Development: ESL Computer Applications * Workplace Communication * ESL for Job Preparation * ESL - Childcare Worker Program * ESL - Home Support Worker Program * ESL - Sewing 
ESL classes are also available in some community locations: 
Day Classes 
* Downtown Ottawa: St. Patrick Adult School, 290 Nepean St, 613-594-5773 
* East End: Vanier, St. Joseph Adult School, 330 Lajoie St, 613-741-6808 
* South End: Queen of the Angels Adult School, 1461 Heron Rd, 613-731-3237 
* West End: St. Nicholas Adult High School, 893 Admiral Ave., 613-228-9060 
Evening Classes 
* St. Patrick Adult School, 290 Nepean St, (Tue, Thu 6 pm-9 pm) 613-594-5773 
* Mother Teresa High School (Mon, Wed 6 pm-9 pm), Barrhaven 613-731-8769, 613-731-3237 
* Holy Trinity High School, 180 Katimavik Rd., Kanata, (Mon, Wed 6 pm-9 pm), 613-731-3237 
* St. Patrick's High School, 2525 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa (Tue, Thu 6 pm-9 pm), 613-731-3237 
Saturday Classes 
* St Joseph High School, 3333 Geenbank Rd., Barrhaven  
* Holy Trinity High School, 180 Katimavik Rd., Kanata, 613-731-3237 
* All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave., Kanata, 613-731-3237 
Community Locations: 613-731-3237 
* Rochester Seniors, 280 Rochester Street, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 9 am-12 noon 
* Foster Farm Community Centre, 1065 Ramsey Cres., Mon-Fri, 9 am - 12 noon 
* Somerset Towers, 395 Somerset Street West, Tue, Thu, 9 am - 12 noon
Hours Administration Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm * Classes are held mornings, afternoons, evenings (Holy Trinity Catholic HS, St. Patrick's Adult School, St. Patrick's High School and St. Mother Teresa)
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Immigrants, 18 years of age or older, refugees, refugee claimants or new Canadians whose mother tongue is not English. Will accept people on student Visa for a fee. Must produce immigration documents to prove eligibility.
Application ESL classes: Students must contact the school location where they wish to receive instruction, in person. Must produce immigration documents to prove eligibility. Referral to the Centralized Language Assessment and Referral Service (CLARS) will be done at the Intake and Placement office on-site. 
LINC classes: A language assessment that identifies the client's language and training needs must be completed by the CLARS Centre.
Languages English ; American Sign Language (ASL)
Fees Service ; None - Newcomers to Canada. Eligibility must be verified when registering for a class. ; ESL FEES (due at registration)  
All learners pay material fees:  
$25 Part-time (15 hours/week) material fee per year  
$30 Full-time (30 hours/week) material fee per year  
$10 Night classes  
$5 Saturday classes
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Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established School boards amalgamated in 1998
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Education * Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 869963967 RR0001
Elections Trustees are elected.
Print Material Brochures * pamphlets * flyers * media
Date Updated 14 Nov 2019
Service Categories Citizenship Education ; English as a Second Language ~ Immigrants (Canada) ; English Language Proficiency Test Preparation ; Vocational English as a Second Language

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