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Adult Literacy and Learning Programs

The Literacy and Basic Skills Program helps improve adult literacy skills to help gain secondary school credits, apprenticeships, or employment. For more information, contact one of the below service providers:

Ontario High School Diploma (OSSD)

Newcomers and residents who do not have an OSSD can earn an equivalency certificate by taking the GED (General Education Diploma) Test. Two local school boards offer Adult Education Programs:

Language Classes and International Certifications

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program teaches English language skills and an introduction to Canadian culture and customs to immigrant newcomers. In Chatham-Kent the LINC program is offered by Adult Language and Learning.

French as a Second Language (FSL) courses are offered to newcomers as well as residents by the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence. For more information, call 519-946-0207. French language classes are also available through College Boreal in Windsor and Chatham.

If you have international credentials that you would like recognized in Canada, you can have them evaluated by several organizations for a fee. Visit for more information.

Continuing Education

If you already hold an OSSD but would like to upgrade your skills and qualifications, there are several continuing education options available to you.

  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program from St. Clair College prepares students to meet entrance requirements for post-secondary programs. For more information call 519-354-9714 ext. 3586.
  • Continuing Education courses at St. Clair College are offered in Business, Health and Nursing, Information Technology, and Office Administration.
  • Contact North has an office in Wallaceburg and works to connect residents in rural Ontario with online literacy, training, and post-secondary courses and programs. For more information, visit or call 1-855-355-5949.
  • A list of accredited universities and colleges in Ontario can be found here to look for online and distance study options.