Academic Skills Upgrading (AU)

Academic Skills Upgrading (AU) provides adults with support to improve their reading, writing, numeracy, communications, and digital technology skills. Participants learn in small class sizes with fellow students who are preparing to pursue one of five goal paths: post-secondary, secondary school credit, apprenticeship, employment, or independence

The program is learner-centered and tailored to individuals’ learning needs. Learners engage in a mix of live instruction, independent learning, group work, webinar sessions, and one-on-one academic mentorship. It is for learners in OALCF levels 1 through 3 and funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development.

This program might be good for you if you:

  • want to improve your reading, writing, math, computer and other basic skills
  • did not finish high school and want to prepare for your GED or transitioning to Post-Secondary
  • want to develop skills for employability opportunities, including apprenticeship
  • want to develop skills to enhance personal confidence and civic engagement with your community

Cost: Free

Requirement: Due to the Ministry policy, we require a social insurance number (SIN) for all registrations with the exception of refugee claimants.

Location: Hybrid – in-person and online using our Virtual Social Change Hubs platform

Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday.

Length: 6 months.

Fall cohort: September 2023 to January 2024 (with two-week holiday break)
Winter cohort: late January 2024 to June 2024

Eligibility: A resident of Ontario and at least 19 years old. Further eligibility will be determined when applying.

How to Apply?

To apply – CLICK HERE

Contact Us

For general inquiries or to learn more about participating in this program please contact us at:


Phone: 647-493-2462 | press option 1 for Program & Registration