Hope grows here!

Free upgrading of your reading, writing, math, computer and other skills essential for work, life and learning.

  • Upgrading to get ready for high school equivalency test (see our GED Update page for changes to the GED)
  • Upgrading to get ready for apprenticeship and college.
  • Upgrading for career advancement.




  • Free!
  • A pathway to college
    (even without a diploma!)
  • Start any time
  • Individualized training
  • Learn at your own speed
  • Respectful adult environment
  • Free bus pass (if eligible)
  • Day classes in Cambridge and KW
  • Night classes in Kitchener
  • resident of Ontario
  • at least 18 years old
  • English skills strong enough to comfortably work with teacher and use classroom materials (see Note 1 below)
  • if SIN begins with 900, some restrictions apply (see Note 2 below)


What people are saying about ESU:

“This makes my brain happy and excited” ~R.P.

I like how coming here has made me feel. The [training plan] was made just for me. [The teaching staff] made me feel important, and I value their teaching. I highly recommend ESU.”  ~M.C.

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Notes about eligibility:

Note 1: English Speaking and Listening requirement: ESU is not an ESL or LINC program.  The level of speaking and listening skill will determined at assessment, or may involve a Language Assessment.  For reference, Speaking and Listening should be roughly equivalent to CLB6

Note 2: if Social Insurance Number (SIN) begins with 900, see Ministry memo: Access to Employment Ontario Programs for Individuals with 900Series Social Insurance Numbers