As Ontario's community-based bilingual distance education and training network, Contact North | Contact Nord helps underserved residents in 1,300+ small, rural, remote, Indigenous and Francophone communities access education and training without leaving their communities.
We respond to 1.7 million+ requests per year from Ontarians and provide five free local support services for Ontario students:
- Information on available online programs and courses from Ontario's 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, information on financial aid and referrals to other local support services
- Help to Study Online Successfully service
Technology and support services:
- IT Technical Hotline
- Student Technology Loan Service (laptops and Internet)
- Use of computers and Internet at 78 online learning centres
- Use of web conferencing platforms
- Supervision of written exams and tests
We provide five free local support services for Ontario's education and training providers:
- Province-wide student recruitment campaigns in 1,300+ Ontario communities
- Local support services for students
- Identification of local education and training needs
Digital and technology platform services
- IT Technical Hotline
- Digital and technology platform training for faculty and instructors
- Faculty and instructor resources at teachonline.ca
- Information on the latest trends, best practices, training opportunities, and teaching resources in online and distance learning on teachonline.ca
We generate 90,000 course registrations per year for Ontario's education and training providers.
Our local staff in 78 online learning centres located in communities across Ontario deliver these services in English and French.
Our province-wide Student Information Hotline and out studyonline.ca / etudiezenligne.ca and e-channel.ca / apprentissageenligne.ca portals, provide information and resources for students and prospective students.
Our portals support 1.7 million+ pageviews and 375,000+ visitors per year.
- Established by the Government of Ontario in 1986.
- Incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Thunder Bay and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of individuals from Ontario's public colleges, universities, district school boards, Indigenous communities, Francophone communities and public members.
- Receives annual funding from the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities continuously since 1986. The current amount is $10.5 million.