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Welcome to Summer 2023 

International & Indigenous Languages Program (Elementary)

July 4 to August 4, 2023

Register your children for our summer program so they can maintain and develop the language of their home, or learn a new language, in a fun, social setting. Our Summer language classes are available to all students from JK to grade 8, regardless of their heritage or school board they attend, and are FREE for Ontario residents. Choose in-person and/or virtual classes in the following languages.

Amharic, Blin, Cantonese, Dutch, Farsi, Igbo, Italian, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Portuguese, Punjabi, Ukrainian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Turkish and Yoruba.

Each class runs with sufficient student enrollment and availability of an instructor for the language. OCSB has the right to cancel classes if neither requirement is satisfied.

In-Person Morning Program

Morning Program (9:00 am to 11:30 am) & Afternoon Camps (11:30 am to 5:30 pm)

In-person classes are offered at the following sites. Paid afternoon camps are also available. 

Site Languages Afternoon Camps (Fees Apply)
3490 Cambrian Rd.
Mandarin (Simplified) – waiting list option only
TianTian Afternoon Camp

Registration link see below
2133 Gardenway Dr.
Mandarin (Simplified)
400 Keyrock Dr.
Kanata North
Mandarin (Simplified)
Spanish (full class, waiting list option only)
KC Afterschool

Details and registration link see below
2135 Knightsbridge Rd.
Mandarin (Simplified)
Mandarin (Traditional)
Mandarin for Non-Native speakers
Capital Chinese School
Afternoon Program

Details and registration link see below
AFTERNOON CAMPS Information & Registration links

St. Cecilia School – IL Program TianTian Camp

St. Gabriel School – KC Afterschool

Our Lady of Fatima School – Capital Chinese School Afternoon Program

Note: An Early Drop-Off option is available from 8:00 am – 9:00 am, at a fee of $15 for the week of July 4-7 and $20/week for the remaining weeks payable through SchoolCash Online (see bottom of page).

Virtual Program

Classes will be delivered online using Google Meet for synchronous learning. Students are required to have access to a device (Chromebook, laptop) and access to the internet.

Morning Classes – 9:00 am to 11:30 am (JK – Grade 8)
  • Amharic
  • Igbo
  • Italian
  • Mandarin (Simplified)
  • Mandarin (Traditional)
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Yoruba

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

Afternoon Classes – 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm (Grades 2 – 8, Beginner Level Only)
  • ASL
  • Arabic
  • Mandarin (Simplified)
  • Spanish

How many language classes can my child take?

  1. one morning class (Grades JK – Grade 8) OR
  2. one afternoon class (Grades 2 – Grade 8) (Note: Different Grade range in pm class) OR
  3. one morning class and one afternoon class (Different languages am/pm)

Registration for summer 2023 is now CLOSED


  • Students who are in JK – Grade 8 in the current 2022-2023 school year.
  • Students born in 2019 and have pre-registered into a Kindergarten program starting Fall 2023 (publicly-funded school boards only) are eligible to register in this summer’s IL program.
  • Students must be available for the full duration of the class time and may not be registered in any other OCSB virtual summer school program (e.g. Summer Numeracy/Literacy or Reach Ahead Credit) scheduled at the same time of day.
  • Students currently attending a school in Ontario and Quebec (please also see the section below “Required Documents”).

Required Documentation

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 the details of this process upon receipt of the registration.

Required Documents

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)


  • Summer IL Program is offered free-of-charge to Ontario residents.
  • A tuition fee of $110 per language per child will be charged to Out-of-Province and International Students, and Visitors to Canada. If a fee-paying student cancels, we will refund a prorated amount minus a $15 administration fee.
  • There are no consumable fees for the summer 2023 IL program.

Please note…

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