We can help with Academic Upgrading, Independence and Employment

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) funds a variety of adult literacy, academic upgrading and essential skills training programs.

Characteristics of the programs

  • free and confidential service
  • adult learning environment with flexible hours
  • full academic assessments and referral to appropriate program
  • individualized learning plan based on your needs; learn at your own pace
  • practical application of skills, focused on individual goals
  • variety of learning formats including one-to-one, small group, classroom with individual attention, on-line distance learning
  • upgrading job-related essential skills, including apprenticeship math, digital technology
  • preparation for attaining high school diploma or equivalency, or post-secondary programs
  • referrals to Employment Services, Apprenticeship Training and Community Service Providers

The agencies work together to provide a full range of services, from basic skills review to college and apprenticeship preparatory courses. Programming also includes a strong component of Skills for Success training for the workforce, apprenticeship and employment preparation, as well as greater personal independence.


Barrie Literacy Council
80 Bradford Street, Unit #244
Barrie, ON, L4N 6S7
(705) 728-7323

The Learning Centres – Barrie Campus
Bayfield Mall
320 Bayfield Street
Barrie, ON, L4M 3C1
(705) 725-8360

La Clé de l’baie – Centre de formation des adultes
2 Marcellus Dr., Unit 5
Barrie, ON L4N 0Y4
(705) 725-9755

Georgian College – Barrie Campus
One Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON, L4M 3X9
(705) 728-1968 ext: 1611

Collège Boréal
136, rue Bayfield, bureau 100-110
Barrie ON L4M 3B1
(705) 737-9088


Orillia & District Literacy Council
55 Notawasaga Street,
Orillia, ON L3V 5G4
(705) 327-1253

The Learning Centres – Orillia Campus
575 West Street South,
Unit # 14-18
Orillia, ON, L3V 7N6
(705) 325-9279

Georgian College – Orillia Campus
825 Memorial Avenue
Orillia, ON, L3V 6S2
(705) 325-2740

North Simcoe

Gateway Centre for Learning
488 Dominion Ave.,
Midland, ON LR4 1P6
(705) 527-1522

The Learning Centres – North Simcoe Campus
51 Dunlop St.
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1J3
(705) 549-4831

Georgian College – Midland Campus
649 Prospect Blvd.
Midland, ON L4R 4K6
(705) 526-3666

La Clé d’la baie – Centre de formation des adultes
2, rue Poynz C.P. 105 (bureau 7)
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1M2
(705) 549-5227


Learning for Living South Muskoka
690-2 Muskoka Road South
Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1K2
(705) 687-9323

YMCA Learning Services
60 King William Street,
Huntsville, ON P1H 1G3
(705) 789-1850

(also offer programs in Bracebridge and Gravenhurst)

Georgian College – Muskoka Campus
111 Wellington Street,
Bracebridge, ON P1L 1E2

(also offers ACE (grade 12 equivalent) courses at YMCA in Huntsville)