About OntarioLearn

Our story

In 1995, seven Ontario colleges saw the need to make high-quality online education available to as many learners as possible. They realized that if they pooled their resources, they would be able to extend their reach, offering online courses and programs to students who would not otherwise have access to them. 

OntarioLearn is a popular choice for people who live in rural and remote areas, who have different learning styles or disabilities, who lead busy lives, working full- or part-time with:

  • Convenient start dates scheduled up to 14 times per year. 
  • Flexible study times— in your own space, on your own time.
  • Accessible help desk support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

OntarioLearn has adopted a continuous improvement model, working with member colleges to review course design and delivery. At OntarioLearn we boast a 90% retention rate and a student success rate of 78%, both higher than student achievement rates across the sector. 

From our early beginnings to today, OntarioLearn has grown to include all 24 of Ontario’s publicly-funded colleges with almost 1,200 shared online courses, over 550 online programs and more than 73,000 student registrations each year.

Contact us

OntarioLearn is a virtual organization, managing infrastructure and operations to provide learners with a seamless experience across their online courses offered by our member colleges. 

Interim-Executive Director  Susan Savoie (Graham) is responsible for implementing our strategic direction, managing contracts as well as recruiting and supervising our staff.  

Quality Control and Quality Assurance Specialist Albert Dudley oversees course quality procedures and improvement needs.

Full-time Administrator Heather Ryan is responsible for day-to-day operations and acts as our liaison with member colleges and technical teams.

Part-time Administrator Cindy Foley provides coordination support for the administrative team.

Our award-winning, seat-sharing model relies on the collaboration of our members to share best practices and uphold the highest standards. Among our 24 member colleges, select your registering college to reach the contact best able to help you with inquiries about programs, course examinations or final grades.

OntarioLearn at a glance

1994-1995 Four Ontario publicly-funded colleges share online courses and attract 365 student registrations 

1995–1996 Seven college partners launch Contact South sharing the delivery of online courses with 500 registrations

1997–1998 Contact South grows to 12 college partners and 1,500 course registrations

1998–1999 With continued growth, Embanet Corporation is selected as the OntarioLearn technical service provider

2000 Contact South changes its name to OntarioLearn

2000–2001 Membership increases to 22 partner colleges offering 285 shared online courses and registration reaches 11,314

2005–2006 OntarioLearn launches the Portal to streamline student access to courses and resources

2011–2012 OntarioLearn incorporates.  Membership expands to include Ontario’s two French-language colleges; registrations hit 65,964

2012–2013 All 24 publicly-funded colleges in Ontario belong to OntarioLearn, which reaches 69,838 registrations across 1,115 shared online courses

2013–2014 OntarioLearn inventory expands to 1,157 shared online courses; total course registrations climb to 72,926

2014–2015 OntarioLearn continues to grow, with a total of 73,059 registrations across 1,191 available online courses

How OntarioLearn operates

Student Orientation to OntarioLearn (video)

Students search for the online course or program they wish to take and identify a member college that has chosen to pick it up. Registering colleges enroll and welcome students students with credentials to log in to the Portal.  Once courses open, students log in to connect through to each course hosted on one of four Learning Management Systems: Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle or FirstClass.

Host colleges design, deliver, assign instructors and maintain the quality of the online courses and programs they claim. Registering colleges qualify students to enroll in our online courses and programs, taking the lead on communications. To ensure high-quality experiences, OntarioLearn has a wide range of partners:

Examity Inc. (when colleges indicate) provides online proctoring services at OntarioLearn rates for students to take exams remotely.

Heads of Libraries and Learning Resources (HLLR) advocates for excellence in Ontario’s college library services and resources.

Ontario Colleges Library Services (OCLS) supports Ontario colleges’ libraries and positive learning outcomes for students.

Kivuto Solutions Inc. (when colleges indicate) provides eTextbooks at OntarioLearn reduced prices to use with the Texidium eReader. 

Pearson Embanet provides help desk support 24-hour, 365-day in English; 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday in French.

Quality Matters™ provides internationally recognized quality assurance tools and processes to evaluate design of online courses.

Tomahawk Technologies Inc. develops world-class software and solutions, including system applications for our Portal.

News and Reports

Board Members

Andre Leger

Andre Leger

Board Chair

Associate Dean–School of Contemporary Teaching & Learning
2288 Parkdale Ave
Brockville, Ontario K6V 5X3

Michelle DeCoste

Michelle DeCoste

Board Vice Chair and Director, Central Region

Dean, Continuing Education & Distance Learning
PO Box 631, Station A
Toronto, Ontario M1G 3T8

Mark Ihnat

Mark Ihnat

Director, Central Region

Director, eLearning
205 Humber College Boulevard
Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 5L7

Christine Eddy

Christine Eddy

Director, Eastern Region

Manager, Distance Education
376 Wallbridge-Loyalist Road
Belleville, Ontario K8N 5B9

Patrick Devey

Patrick Devey

Director, Eastern Region

Dean Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1V8
(613) 727-4723

Don Duclos

Don Duclos

Director, Northern Region

1450 Nakina Drive
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 4W1

Diane Sénécal

Diane Sénécal

Director, Northern Region and Board Treasurer

Manager Academics, Vice President’s Office
21 Lasalle Boulevard
Sudbury, Ontario P3A 6B1

Cebert Adamson

Cebert Adamson

Director, Western Region

Dean, CE & Academic Quality & Centre for Teaching & Learning
135 Fennell Ave W., Hamilton, ON, L9C 0E5

Dr. Marilyn Herie

Dr. Marilyn Herie

Ex-Officio, CCVPA

Vice President Academic and Chief Learning Officer
PO Box 631, Station A
Toronto, Ontario M1G 3T8

Kate Large

Kate Large

Ex-Officio, Finance

Director, Financial Services
1457 London Road,
Sarnia, Ontario N7S 6K4
519-542-7751 ext. 3287

Susan Savoie (Graham)

Susan Savoie (Graham)

Executive Director (Interim), OntarioLearn

c/o OCAS
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, ON N1G 5J3