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Welcome to the 2022 – 2023 

International & Indigenous Languages  Program (Elementary)

September 10, 2022 to June 17, 2023

Registration is ONGOING

9:30 am – 12 pm every Saturday In-person and/or Virtual

Amharic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Creole, Croatian, Gaelic, Dari, Dutch, Hungarian, Igbo, Inuktitut, Italian, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Korean, Lingala, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Pashto, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Turkish, Yoruba

1:00 – 3:30 pm Beginner classes Virtual

American Sign Language, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Ukrainian

The International & Indigenous Languages Program – Elementary helps students learn a new language or maintain and develop the language of their home, promoting cultural and linguistic diversity. It is available to all students (JK-Grade 8), regardless of their language background and the school board they attend, and is FREE for Ontario residents. 

Registration is now open! Classes will be offered in-person and/or virtually. In-person classes will depend on the current public health regulations determined by the Ministry of Education and Ottawa Public Health. If in-person classes must be canceled, students will be offered to switch to virtual learning. Note that some school sites and language offerings may change.

Morning classes (9:30 am to 12:00 pm)

We offer the following languages Saturday morning.

Language Format Location for In-person
Amharic In-Person St. George School, 130 Keyworth Ave., Ottawa
Bulgarian In-person St. George School, 130 Keyworth Ave., Ottawa
Cantonese In-person Notre Dame HS, 710 Broadview Ave., Ottawa
Creole Virtual N/A
Croatian In-Person Frank Ryan Catholic Int School, 128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa
Dari Virtual N/A
Dutch In-person and Virtual Notre Dame HS, 710 Broadview Ave., Ottawa
Farsi In-person All Saints HS, 5115 Kanata Ave., Kanata
Gaelic In-person St. Mother Teresa HS, 440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
Hungarian In-person Notre Dame HS, 710 Broadview Ave., Ottawa
Igbo Virtual N/A
Inuktitut Virtual N/A
Italian In-person Frank Ryan Catholic Int School, 128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa
Kinyarwanda Virtual N/A
Kirundi Virtual N/A
Korean In-person St. Mother Teresa HS, 440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
Lingala Virtual N/A
Mandarin (Simplified) In-person and Virtual – All Saints HS, 5115 Kanata Ave., Kanata
– Notre Dame HS, 710 Broadview Ave., Ottawa
– St. Clare School, 2133 Gardenway Dr., Orléans
– St. Joseph HS, 3333 Greenbank Rd., Nepean
Mandarin (Traditional) In-person and/or Virtual St. George School, 130 Keyworth Ave., Ottawa
Polish In-person St. Nicholas Adult HS, 893 Admiral Ave., Ottawa
Portuguese In-person Frank Ryan Catholic Int School, 128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa
Punjabi In-person and/or Virtual – St. Mother Teresa HS, 440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
– All Saints HS, 5115 Kanata Ave., Kanata
Romanian In-person Frank Ryan Catholic Int School, 128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa
Russian In-person and/or Virtual St. George School, 130 Keyworth Ave., Ottawa
Slovak In-person St. George School, 130 Keyworth Ave., Ottawa
Spanish In-person and Virtual – Frank Ryan Catholic Int School, 128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa
– All Saints HS, 5115 Kanata Ave., Kanata North
– St. Clare School, 2133 Gardenway Dr., Orléans
– St. Mother Teresa HS, 440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
Swahili Virtual N/A
Tigrinya In-person – Frank Ryan Catholic Int School, 128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa
– St. Mother Teresa HS, 440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
Turkish Virtual or In-Person – Notre Dame HS, 710 Broadview Ave., Ottawa
Yoruba Virtual or In-Person Frank Ryan Catholic Int School, 128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa

Afternoon classes (Beginner level only) – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Afternoon VIRTUAL classes are designed for beginners (Grades 2 – Grade 8). Prior knowledge of the language is not expected or required.

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Korean
  • Mandarin (Simplified)
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian

Sites and Languages at a Glance

Site Languages
All Saints HS
5115 Kanata Avenue, Kanata North
Farsi
Mandarin (Simplified)
Punjabi
Spanish
Frank Ryan Catholic School
128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa
Croatian
Italian
Portuguese
Romanian
Spanish
Tigrinya
Yoruba
Notre Dame HS
710 Broadview Ave., Ottawa
Cantonese
Dutch
Hungarian
Mandarin (Simplified)
Mandarin (Simplified) for Beginners
Turkish
St. Clare School
2133 Gardenway Dr, Orléans
Mandarin (Simplified)
Spanish
St. George School,
130 Keyworth Ave., Ottawa
Amharic
Bulgarian
Mandarin (Traditional) – Note: Location may change.
Russian
Slovak
St. Joseph HS
3333 Greenbank Rd, Nepean
Mandarin (Simplified)
St. Mother Teresa HS
440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
Gaelic
Korean
Punjabi
Spanish
Tigrinya
St. Nicholas Adult HS
893 Admiral Ave., Ottawa
Polish

The Ottawa Catholic School Board reserves the right to cancel any program due to low enrolment.

Eligibility and choices
  • Students who are in JK to Grade 8 in the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Students must be available for the full duration of the class time.
  • Students from Ontario and Quebec living in the Ottawa area.
  • Students may register for one of the following choices:
    • one morning class (Grades JK – Grade 8)
    • one afternoon class (Grades 2 – Grade 8) (Note: Beginner students only)
    • one morning class and one afternoon class (Different languages am/pm)

Register for the 2022 – 2023 school year

2022 – 2023 IL Calendar

Students from Quebec or International students residing in Ontario must pay a tuition fee of $165 (payable online). Note: In case of cancellation, you will receive a prorated refund minus an administrative fee of $15. 

Questions:  Call 613-228-3338.

Required documents

As per the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, the following supporting documents of NEW students to our program must be reviewed by the Continuing Education Department prior to confirmation of the registration. We will email parents on the details of this process on receipt of the registration.

Proof of Address (only one required):

  • Current Property Tax Bill
  • Current Utility Bill
  • Home Phone/Cable/Internet Bill
  • Please note, Driver’s License is not acceptable

Proof of Citizenship and Status in Canada (only one required):

  • Canadian Citizen (Birth Certificate, Passport, Baptismal Certificate)
  • Permanent Resident (Permanent Resident Card, Stage One Approval letter, Equivalent Documentation from
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirming approval in principle)
  • Refugee Status: Documentation from IRCC confirming status, Consideration of eligibility (Convention refugee)
  • Diplomat Status / Minister’s Permit
  • Student Visa (Study Permit)
  • Visitor Visa (Visitor Record)

Summer Programs

Interested in our Elementary Summer Programs?

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Please note…

The Ottawa Catholic School Board reserves the right to cancel any program due to lack of registration.