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Like you, we're dedicated to improved literacy

The clients you serve know that without literacy and basic skills training, it’s impossible to make it in the workplace. Contact North | Contact Nord is here to help you help them.

Contact North | Contact Nord is a free, local bilingual service helping people in 1,500+ rural and remote Ontario communities access online programs and courses from colleges, universities and training providers without having to leave their communities.

  • We help the five e-Channel literacy partners reach underserved Ontarians in the communities where we work
  • We give the partners the tools they need to deliver their courses
  • We help LBS adult learners find the training that’s right for them, providing information on 330+ free, online literacy and basic skills courses specifically designed to help them
  • Find a job or get a promotion
  • Register in an apprenticeship program
  • Prepare for a program at college or university
  • Complete a secondary school diploma
  • Achieve greater personal independence, satisfaction and development
  • We provide an IT hotline for both LBS students and practitioners
  • We are a not-for-profit corporation funded by the Government of Ontario

We provide the following FREE local services, both in person and virtually from in-person locations (online learning centres) across Ontario:

  • Information on online programs and courses from 24 public colleges, 25 public universities, 9 Indigenous institutes, 76 district school boards, 200 literacy and basic skills providers, and 20 skills development training providers
  • Help to register, and information on financial aid
  • In-person use of computers and Internet
  • Study Online Successfully service
  • Technology support services
  • IT technical hotline
  • Laptops and Internet to complete coursework at home
  • Use of web conferencing platforms
  • Supervision of exams and tests

The e-Channel guide is a Contact North | Contact Nord publication featuring detailed information on 330+ literacy and basic skills courses available across Ontario.

It comes out three times a year: Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer. You can find the current course guide here.

Contact North | Contact Nord provides LBS students with the free use of a laptop and Internet to study online.

  • No fees
  • No deposit
  • Free technical support (no support for software applications)


To qualify, students must:

  • Live in Ontario
  • Use the laptop to take an online course
  • Return the laptop in good working order when course finishes

ACE Distance  

Sample ACE Distance courses for adult learners include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Communications
  • Self Management
  • Apprenticeship Math
  • Business Math
  • Core Math
  • Technical Math
  • Computer Fundamentals


Deaf Learn Now

Sample Deaf Learn Now courses for deaf learners include:

  • Everyday English
  • Survival Math
  • Basic Food Safety
  • Resume & Cover Letters
  • Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation
  • Food Certification Test Preparation
  • G1 Driver’s Test Preparation
  • WHMIS Certification


Good Learning Anywhere

Sample Good Learning Anywhere courses for adult learners include:

  • Be Your Own Boss: Creating a Business Plan
  • Tech4You: Excel and Google Spreadsheets
  • Exploring Ontario First Nation Cultures: The Anishinaabe
  • Exploring Indigenous Innovation and Technology
  • “Living” Traditions: Connecting Indigenous Values, Food & Culture
  • Understanding Truth and Reconciliation


F@D (Le Programme de formation à distance)

Sample F@D courses for Francophone learners include:

  • Gestion des conflits (Conflict resolution)
  • Découvrir mon ordinateur Windows (Discovering my Windows computer)
  • Sécurité informatique (Web security)
  • Mathematiques simple (Basic mathematics)
  • Résolution de problèmes mathématiques (Mathematic problem solving)


The LearningHUB

Sample LearningHUB courses for adult learners include:

  • Intro to Graphic Design with Canva
  • Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
  • Employment Success Series
  • GED Prep Series
  • Math Boot Camp: Algebra 1
  • Voting in a Municipal Election

Still have questions? Call us on 1-877-999-9149 or email for more information.