EducationNiagara has a strong education system and many learning opportunities for people of all ages. For children, there are Niagara's excellent schools, pre-schools, and childcare; for adults, there are English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and post-secondary options (universities and colleges); and for people of all ages, there are public libraries.

Schools, Pre-Schools, and Childcare

For the youngest members of your family, there are over 150 childcare centres and pre-schools/nursery schools available across Niagara. Please visit the Niagara Community Information Database for a list of child care services and of pre-school options. Please note that not all options offer care for children of all ages and some may be full at the moment.

Children in Ontario are required to attend school until the age of 18 or they have graduated from secondary school. For children younger than 18, there are four public (free) school systems:

There are also private schools in Niagara where you pay for your children's education. Please visit the Niagara Community Information Database for a list of private schools.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

If you want to fully enjoy your new community, you'll need to learn English. There are many ways to learn English that are flexible to your schedule: some agencies offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes on the weekends or in evenings as well as during the day. Two important agencies that provide ESL services are:

  • The YMCA of Niagara provides assessment services for the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program funded by Canada Citizenship and Immigration. Contact YMCA have your English skills assessed and to find an ESL class.
  • Ontario Immigration provides a guide to language services (English and French) before you move and after you're settled in.

Please visit the Niagara Community Information Database for a broader list of organizations with ESL services.

Post-Secondary Education (Universities and Colleges)

Niagara is very proud of its university and college:

  • Brock University is located in central Niagara and offers a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and interdisciplinary degree programs. It has more than 17,000 students.
  • Niagara College has two campuses in Niagara and serves 9,000 full-time students and 15,000 continuing education students. It offers more than 90 post-secondary diploma, certificate, and degree programs.

Niagara is also home to an access centre of Collège Boréal, a French-language college. Please contact Collège Boréal for more information.

In addition, Niagara hosts the Transitions College of Business and Career Studies, which provides job skills education and training to adults. Please visit Transitions College for more information.

Public Libraries

There are 30 public libraries in the Niagara Region that you can use for free. Libraries offer loans of books, films, newspapers, and other materials, and many libaries also offer computers with internet access, access to online databases, children's programs, and more. Please visit the Niagara Community Information Database for a list of public libraries.

Contact Information


Copyright © 2014 Niagara Region
Government of Ontario
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Niagara Region
This website is generously supported by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.