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The Anytime ESL Program is an online English as a Second Language program funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) as a pilot project under its Adult Non-Credit ESL service. Its target audience is newcomer adults at Canadian Language Benchmark levels 1-5.

This program is suitable for learners who are unable to attend ESL classes in person (for any reason) or want to supplement the learning they are already receiving in the classroom. Learners should have a working email address and some proficiency using a computer.

Anytime ESL Readiness Checklist – Click to see if your client/learner is ready for online learning.

Types of Study

Anytime ESL combines 3 methods of study to promote learning of the English language. Learners will require speakers and a microphone in order to fully participate.

  1. Self Directed Study – Learners are enrolled in curriculum and work through it independently, on their own, at a time that is convenient for them, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. They are supported by an online teacher who monitors their progress, encourages them, and answers questions as they arise.
  2. Live, Group Sessions – Learners are enrolled in Instructor-led, interactive group sessions that cover specific, pre-advertised subjects, and are scheduled to take place on a specific date and time. Learners will need to log in at that time to participate in this group learning activity that focuses primarily on speaking and listening skills.
  3. Tutorials – Online teachers may arrange to meet online with learners to provide additional support and clarity, and to reinforce speaking and listening skills.


Anytime ESL is free to all those who qualify for Adult Non-Credit ESL service and want to learn online.

To qualify:

  • You must be an adult immigrant residing in Ontario
  • Your first language must not be English
  • You must be 18 years old or have completed your high school diploma
  • You must not be enrolled in any publicly supported day school in Ontario


  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, Convention refugee or a refugee claimant:


  • Provincial nominee, or their dependant, who has been approved through the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program but has not yet been processed to receive permanent resident status;


  • A temporary foreign worker, or their dependant, who has been approved through the Canadian Experience Class but has not yet been processed to receive permanent resident status;


  • An approved foreign domestic worker admitted under the Live-in Caregiver program.

Important Information

We are sad to say that the Anytime ESL program is shutting down on March 31, due to a change in funding. The last day to register for this program will be January 29. Current learners will have access to classes and teachers until March 31 2021.

At this time, Anytime ESL cannot give language certificates or certificates used for Canadian Citizenship.
Anytime ESL can give certificates of completion for courses students finish. It can also give papers that show the assessments students complete in the Anytime ESL program.

How to Register

To Register for Anytime ESL you must complete a registration form.

After you complete the registration form you will be contacted with more information on how to Get Started.

Steps to Get Started – Click to see what happens after Registration.