Homeward Bound

815 Danforth Ave #100
Toronto, ON M4J 1L2
Tel: 416-645-6000
[email protected]
[email protected]

A program offered to inadequately housed or homeless mother-led families to help earn college diplomas and achieve self-sufficiency.


Hours: Weekdays 9am-5pm

Raising The Grade

An after school program that allows youth to explore their personal interests, receive homework support, connect with mentors, increase their digital literacy and plan for post-secondary education. Run through the Boys and Girls Club at the following locations:

  • Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough
  • St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club
  • Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough

Free Online Math Tutoring

For students in Grades 7-10

Pathways to Education

Assists youth in low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education by providing academic, social and financial assistance to youth. In order to participate in the Pathways program, youth must reside in the following catchment locations.

Regent Park Location

411 Parliament Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 3A1
Tel: 416-642-1570
Parliament St & Gerrard St E

Serves: Students in Regent Park & Moss Park who are enrolled in grades 9-12. They must reside between the north side of King St to the south side of Gerrard St & the east side of Sherbourne to the river.

Lawrence Heights Location

Unison Health and Community Services
12 Flemington Road
Toronto, ON M6A 2N4
Tel: 416-787-6800
Allen Rd & Lawrence Ave W

Serves: Students in the Lawrence Heights area who are enrolled in grades 9-12.

Youth must reside between:

  • South: Lawrence Avenue West
  • East: Varna Drive and Cather Crescent
  • North: Ranee Avenue
  • West: Flemington Road, Blossomfield Drive, Flemington Road, Allen Road South

Three addresses on Neptune Drive: 135, 145 and 155

Rexdale (Jamestown) Location

Rexdale Community Health Centre
34 Orpington Crest, Unit 2
Toronto, ON M9B 4A4
Tel: 416-743-5552 ext. 222
Allen Rd & Lawrence Ave W

Serves: Students in the Rexdale area who are enrolled in grades 9-12.

Youth must reside between:

  • South: John Garland Road
  • East: Kipling Avenue
  • North: Albion Road and Finch Avenue West
  • West: Martingrove Road

Scarborough Location

1-3471 Kingston Road
Scarborough, ON M1M 1R4
Tel: 647-351-0091
Kingston Rd & Markham Rd

Serves: Students in the Scarborough area who are enrolled in grades 9-12.

Youth must reside between:

  • South: Eglinton Ave East
  • East: Kingston Road
  • North: Cougar Court
  • West: Mason Road

Three addresses on Kingston Road: 3190, 3370, 3392

Jamaican Canadian Association

995 Arrow Road,
Toronto, ON M9M 2Z5
Contact: Vilma Garnett at (416)746-5772 ext. 246
Finch Ave & Hwy 400

JCA works with Jamaicans, people of Caribbean descent and African Canadians and offers a Saturday Morning Tutorial Program which is a weekly homework assistance program for students in grades 1-12. The program offers assistance with English Language, Math Skills, preparing for EQAO, Arts, Social Studies and Science. There are also occasional educational workshops and field trips supplemented into the program.

Open: Sat 10:00am-1:00pm

Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

2180 Yonge Street, Ground Floor
Toronto, ON M4S 2B9
Tel: 416-484-2704
Yonge St & Eglington Ave W

ILC is mandated by the government of Ontario as the province’s designated provider of distance education and GED Testing. They offer online tutoring for students on their website.

Open: Sun-Thurs 5:30pm-9:30pm

St. Leonard’s Society of Toronto

50 Euston Avenue
Toronto, ON M4J 3N3
Tel: 416-462-3684
Danforth Ave & Donlands Ave

Offers a free after school tutoring and homework help program which includes – literacy instruction, exam preparation and educational activities for students in grades 5 to 12.

Open: Monday – Thursday from 3:30pm-7:00pm

East York Learning Experience

266 Donlands,
Toronto, ON M4J 5B1
Tel: 416-425-2666
Donlands Ave & Cosburn Ave

Provides services to adult students to help develop their reading, writing, math, and basic computer skills.

The GED Exam allows individuals who have not completed their High School credits, demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge of a highschool graduate

People who successfully pass the GED Exam earn an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate which is widely accepted for employment, apprenticeships, and post-secondary education purposes.

The Exam has 5 parts:

  • Language Arts (Reading)
  • Language Arts (Writing)
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science

The exam is written over two days and takes a total of seven hours and five minutes to complete.

St. Christopher House

1033 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6K 3N3
Tel: (416) 848-7980
King and Shaw

The St. Christopher House GED Program prepares you to write the GED (General Educational Development) exam. The GED Program offers flexible scheduling on a part-time basis, 12 hours per week, and uses self-directed computer software with support from volunteers and staff.  Daytime and evening times are available. Enrollment times vary; most learners complete their preparation in about 6 months. You attend an information session and they will register you after this session.

JVS Toronto

Jane Finch Mall

1911 Finch Ave.W., Unit 3
North York, Ontario
M3N 2V2

Frontier College

35 Jackes Ave
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1E2

This program is a ten-week course that prepares students to pass the GED (General Education Development) exam and receive their High School Equivalency Certificate.The program is open to young adults between the ages of 19 and 29, who have been out of school for at least one year, and who pass our entry test. Entry test sessions happen once a month and look at reading, writing and math skills.  The GED program offered in partnership by JVS Toronto and Frontier College.The GED course is instructor led and runs alternately out of JVS Jane Finch Employment Source and Frontier College’s National office near Yonge and St. Clair.

YWCA Toronto: General Education Diploma

3090 Kingston Rd.  3rd Floor (at McCowan Rd.)
416-269-0091 x231
[email protected]

YWCA Toronto helps women prepare to complete the Ontario Grade 12 High School Equivalency Certificate. This program helps women increase their opportunities at work and school. This intensive course is offered five times throughout the year. This is a 5 day course, and lasts 7 weeks. This course costs $700 dollars however there are subsidies available and at times social services and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) may contribute to the education.

Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

2180 Yonge Street, Ground Floor
Toronto, ON M4S 2B9
Tel:  416-484-2704
Yonge St & Eglington Ave W

ILC is mandated by the government of Ontario as the province’s designated provider of distance education and GED Testing. The GED Tests allows people who have not finished high school the opportunity to demonstrate high school academic knowledge and skills. The tests are available for adults, 18 and over, who have been out of school for more than one year and has a fee of $100.

To graduate from high school you must complete 30 credits.

Of these credits, you must complete 18 compulsory credits. Compulsory credits include: 4 English, 3 math, 2 science, 1 French, 1 geography, 1 history, 1 arts, 1 physical education .5 credit civics and .5 credit in careers and 1 (language, social science, humanities, guidance/career studies or coop), 1 (business, physical education, art or coop) and 1 (senior science, computer studies or coop).

North York

Avondale Alternative Secondary School

171 Avondale Ave
North York, ON M2N2V4
Tel: 416-395-3130
Sheppard Ave E & Willowdale Ave

Grades: 9-12 Accepts students to age 19

North East Year Round Alternative School

2900 Don Mills Rd,
North York, ON M2J3B6
Tel: 416-395-5300
Fairview Mall Dr & Don Mills Rd E

Grades: 9-10

Year Round Alternative School

425 Patricia Ave,
North York, ON M2R2N1
Tel: 416-395-4824
Bathurst St & Drewry Ave

Grades: 9-10 Accepts students 18 and under


ALPHA II Alternative School

980 Dufferin St,
Toronto, ON M6H4B4
Tel: 416-393-0501
Dufferin St & Bloor St W

Grades: 7-12

City School

635 Queens Quay W,
Toronto, ON M5V3G3
Tel:  416-393-1470
Bathurst St & Queens Quay W

Grades: 11-12

Contact Alternative School

132 Saint Patrick St, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5T1V1
Tel: 416-393-1455 Dundas St W & University Ave

Grades: 9-12

Inglenook Community School

19 Sackville St,
Toronto, ON M5A3E1
Tel: 416-393-0560
Parliament St & Eastern Ave

Grades: 11-12

Oasis Alternative Secondary School

20 Brant St,
Toronto, ON M5V2M1
Tel:  416-393-9830
King St W & Spadina Ave

Grades: 9-12

OASIS also has a Skateboard Factory, where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio. Information sessions are held every Wednesday at 9 AM at the OSF classroom located at

Scadding Court Community Centre, Room 3
707 Dundas St. West (at Bathurst)
Toronto, ON
M5T 2W6

For more information, contact 416-393-0845 or send an email to [email protected].

SEED Alternative School

885 Dundas St E, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M4M1R4
Tel: 416-393-0564
Broadview Ave & Dundas St E

Grades: 11-12

Subway Academy II

64 Baldwin St,
Toronto, ON M5T1L4
Tel:  416-393-1445
College St & Huron St

Grades: 11-12

The Student School

125 Evelyn Cres,
Toronto, ON M6P3E3
Tel: 416-393-9639
Runnymede Rd & Annette St

Grades: 11-12

Toronto District School Board Aboriginal Education Centre

Aboriginal Education Centre
Brockton Centre
90 Croatia Street
Bloor and Dufferin.
Tel: 416-393-9600

The Toronto District School Board Aboriginal Education Centre is offering a new program beginning in November 2013 for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students between ages 15-21 who want to earn grade 9 and 10 credits in a holistic framework that supports and encourages Aboriginal students and their cultures.Credits will be offered in English, the Arts/Media Studies and Hospitality and Tourism, with Aboriginal perspectives infused throughout. There may also be opportunities for credit recovery, e-learning and other forms of experiential learning including opportunities to do volunteer hours. Assistance with transportation, nutritious meals and snacks and access to counselling and guidance are built in to the program.

Note: Funding and participation requires that students are currently receiving or have in the past received services from Native Child and Family Services OR other Children’s Aid Societies.


Etobicoke Year-Round Alternative Centre

160 Silverhill Dr,
Etobicoke, ON M9B3W7
Tel: 416-394-2120
The East Mall & Dundas St W

Grades: 9-11

SEE – School of Experiential Education

40 McArthur St,
Etobicoke, ON M9P3M7
Tel: 416-394-6990
Islington Ave & Dixon Rd

Grades: 10-12


Alternative Scarborough Education 1

60 Brimorton Dr,
Scarborough, ON M1P3Z1
Tel: 416-396-6914
Brimley Rd & Brimorton Dr

Grades: 11-12

Delphi Secondary Alternative School

109A Chartland Blvd S,
Scarborough, ON M1S2R7
Tel: 416-396-6919
Finch Ave E & Brimley Rd

Grades: 9-12

Overflow Centre / Parkview Alternative School

1641 Pharmacy Ave,
Scarborough, ON M1R2L2
Tel: 416-396-5592
Hwy 401 & Victoria Park Ave

Grades: 9-10

Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies

720 Midland Ave,
Scarborough, ON M1K4C9
Tel: 416-396-6921
Midland Ave & Danforth Rd

Grades: 9-12

South-East Year-Round Alternative Centre

720 Midland Ave,
Scarborough, ON M1K4C9
Tel: 416-396-4552
Midland Ave & Danforth Rd 

Grades: 9-12

East York

East York Alternative Secondary School

670 Cosburn Ave,
East York, ON M4C2V2
Tel: 416-396-2925
Coxwell Ave & Cosburn Ave 

Grades: 10-12

SOLE – School of Life Experience

24 Mountjoy Ave,
Toronto, ON M4J1J6
Tel: 416-393-0756
Danforth Ave & Coxwell Ave

Grades: 10-12

Subway Academy I

16 Phin Ave,
Toronto, ON M4J3T2
Tel: 416-393-9466
Donlands Ave & Danforth Ave!

Grades: 9-12

Pape Adolescent Resource Center – PARC Ambassador Program

469 Pape Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4K3P9
Tel: 416-462-1010
Danforth Ave & Jones Ave

PARC Ambassador Program is a satellite program of the Contact Alternative School which has been developed to work with Youth (under 21) who are involved with PARC and considered at risk and wish to finish High School. Youth can earn a combination of co-op and academic credits towards their continued education.

The following Schools are for students age 21 & up who are looking to complete their High School Diploma.

Burnhamthorpe Adult Learning Centre

500 The East Mall,
Toronto, ON M9B 2C4
Tel: 416-394-7130
The East Mall & Burnhamthorpe Rd

Offers a variety of adult learning programs including a credit program for adults over 21 who are looking to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Emery Adult Learning Centre

3395 Weston Rd,
North York, ON M9M 2V9
Tel: 416-395-3225
Finch Ave W & Weston Rd

Offers a variety of grade 9-12 courses to allow adults over 21 to complete their OSSD.

City Adult Learning

1 Danforth Ave
Toronto, ON M4K 1M8
Tel: 416-393-9740
Broadview Ave & Danforth Ave

CALC offers a variety of credit courses for adult students wishing to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, prepare for college or university, or gain job related training.

Yorkdale Adult Learning Centre

38 Orfus Rd,
North York, ON M6A 1L6
Tel: 416-395-6505
Orfus St & Dufferin St

Offers a variety of grade 9-12 courses to allow adults over 21 to complete their OSSD.

Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies

720 Midland Avenue
Toronto, ON M1K 4C9
Tel: 416-396-6921
Midland Ave & Danforth Rd

SCAS offers a variety of high school courses to allow adults over 21 to complete their OSSD.

Transitional Year Program

University of Toronto
49 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2E5
Tel: 416-978-6832
St. George St & College St

TYP is a eight month, full time, university transition program. It is intended to help students who do not meet university admissions requirements to gain the necessary qualifications.

Spanning the Gaps – Access to Post-Secondary Education

Ryerson University
297 Victoria St
Toronto, ON M5B 1W1
Tel: 416-979-5000 ext. 2991
Dundas St W & Yonge St

The goal of Spanning the Gaps is to increase post-secondary participation by young people and adults who might not otherwise interact with or experience post-secondary education.

To apply to College or University please visit:

Ontario Colleges

Ontario Universities’ Application Centre

For Financial Assistance please visit:

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

To find all OSAP applications please visit:

Post Secondary Schools in Toronto & the Surrounding Area

For more information about attending these universities and colleges, call the main number and ask to speak with someone in the admissions department.

York University

Keele Campus
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: 416-736-2100

Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University

100 McCaul St,
Toronto ON, M5T 1W1
Tel: 416-977-6000

Seneca College

Tel: 416-491-5050 ext. 22840

University Of Toronto

St. George Campus
27 Kings College Circle,
Toronto, ON M5S 1A1
Tel: 416-978-2011

Ryerson University

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
Tel: 416-979-5036

Durham College

2000 Simcoe St North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4
Tel: 905-721-2000

George Brown College

St. James Campus
200 King Street East,
Toronto, ON M5T 2T9
Tel: 416-415-2000

Humber College

205 Humber College Blvd,
Toronto, ON M9W 5L7
Tel: 416-675-3111

To find Post Secondary Schools in Ontario please visit:

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program.

Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.

Costi Employment Program

Supports skill trade apprenticeships. Must have grade 10 qualifications. You must do an intake and registration. The employment counsellor will help find an apprenticeship.


700 Caledonia Road,
Toronto, ON M6B 3X7
Tel: 416-789-7925
Caledonia Rd & Castlefield Ave

Corvetti Education Centre
760 College Street,
Toronto, ON M6G 1C4
Tel: 416-534-7400
College St & Ossington Ave

Jane St. Hub – Satellite Location
1541 Jane Street,
Toronto, ON M9N 2R3
Tel: 416-645-7575
Jane St & Trethewey Dr

See some exciting news for Crown Wards

A news release from Ontario Government

News release “The Star”

Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards

For those in a one-year program, the grant covers tuition up to $3,000. For those in programs of 2 to 4 years, the grant covers 50% of tuition up to $3,000. How to get it: Apply for an OSAP student loan. Attach proof of Crown wardship. OSAP uses this information to decide if the student is eligible for the grant. 

Find a list of current supports for youth:

Find the Living and Learning Grant details here:

If you are a crown ward, you can apply for the Living and Learning Grant on the OSAP application form. You can receive up to $500 per month.

The Clark Bursary and Award

The Clark Bursary Fund was established in 1989 through a generous donation by Ron and Nancy Clark of Caledonia. It was created to assist youth in care and former wards to achieve their academic and career goals.

The Clark Bursary Award is available to youth in care and former wards pursuing post-secondary education. Students attending post-secondary education will receive $3,500 per year for up to four years. Upon completion of their studies, Clark Bursary recipients are eligible to receive the Clark Graduation award — a monetary gift of $1,000.

The Clark Grants Award is a one-time grant of $1,000 offered to young people who are pursuing educational, employment or skills development programs and require financial assistance. The grant is available for tuition, equipment, tools or other requirements. Nominations for the Clark Bursary and Grant must be submitted by a CAS. The nominees are the selected candidates from their agency and will have secured a personal reference to support their application. An agency may nominate one youth for the bursary and one youth for the grant. Apply through the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

Ask your CAS to nominate you for this award!

The RONA Scholarship

This scholarship is to assist youth in care and former youth in care realize their post-secondary educational goals.

The RONA Scholarship was created to assist youth in care and former youth in care realize their post-secondary educational goals. In 2009, 15 one-time scholarships of $3,000 were awarded. Member agencies of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies are eligible to submit a single nomination for the RONA scholarship. To be considered, a nomination it must come from a designated staff person from a member agency of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. It also must include a reference that is not from a Children’s Aid Society and the candidate must not be for a current or former Clark Bursary recipient

The Ron and Gina Fraser Bursaries

Open to students entering Level I Nursing (BScN) or Level I Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc). Special consideration will be given to students who self-identify as a current or former Crown ward.

National Youth in Care Network – Ken Dryden Scholarships

Each year Ken Dryden Scholarships are awarded to young people, currently or formerly in the care of the Canadian child welfare system, who demonstrate great achievement and promise. Each scholarship covers up to $3,000 or 80% of the cost of tuition and fees, whichever is less, and is renewable annually, based on reasonable progress toward the completion of an undergraduate degree or diploma. As a young person, all you need do is apply. As a child welfare worker, foster parent or friend, please tell any eligible young person of these scholarship opportunities and offer your help.

Crown ward Post-Secondary Application Fee Reimbursement Program

This Reimbursement is for current or former Crown wards.The Ontario government pays back the student’s application fee (a charge of $296 to enrol in a college or university).

In order to get this, you must apply for an OSAP student loan. Attach proof of Crown Wardship (get this from your CAS).

If the student qualifies for an Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards, the Ontario government will reimburse the application fee.

The Ross Caradonna Education Fund

The education fund is designed to provide the support that youth in achieving their educational goals. Financial assistance is offered on an individual basis. Education grant applicants must be currently participating is in Pelletier Youth in Transition programs or be former youth who have participated in Pelletier Youth in Transition programs.  Applicants are be eligible up to 24 yrs of age, must be enrolled in a full-time program or upgrading program.

For more information or to apply please visit:

Rise Asset Development

105 St. George Street
Toronto, ON Canada M5S 3E6
647 232 RISE (7473)
[email protected]

Rise Asset Development’s Youth Small Business Program is a free evening course for youth aged 16 to 29 who are interested in launching or growing a small business. The program provides the following: Business skills training to develop a concrete business plan; Creative and collaborative workshops for business idea development using Rotman Designwork’s powerful, customer centric Business Design curriculum; Access to in-class coaching and mentorship from business professionals; Use of a laptop for students without easy access to a home computer; $500 in startup capital for participants who complete the program, and eligibility to apply for a Rise low interest rate business loans

Access Community Capital Fund

1775 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON M4C 1J1
Tel: 416-462-0496
Coxwell Ave & Danforth Ave

Formed to help promising entrepreneurs with viable business plans gain access to financing not available through other sources.

To find out more about eligibility criteria & to apply please visit:


Black Creek Community Chapter
107-36 Marsh Grass Way
Toronto, ON M3N 2X4
Tel: 416-747-5616

Thorncliffe Park Community Chapter
1 Leaside Park Drive, Unit 7
Toronto, ON M4H 1R1
Tel: 416-467-0126

East Scarborough Community Chapter
4040 Lawrence Avenue East
Scarborough, ON M1E 2R2
Tel: 416-462-0496

Regent Park Community Chapter
489 Queen Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M5A 1V1
Tel: 416-462-0496

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