One of Canada's most active CELTA centres since 1996
The Language Studies Canada full-time and part-time CELTA courses in Toronto are officially approved by Cambridge ESOL, and meet the standards for TESL Canada (standard one). Language Studies Canada is registered as a private career college under the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and the CELTA is approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.
Our CELTA teacher training course gives you both the theory and teaching practice necessary in the English language teaching industry.
At Language Studies Canada we offer both full-time (4 weeks) and part-time (12 weeks) options.
Our CELTA course:
- Involves a minimum of 120 hours with additional time required for preparation and assignments.
- Provides observed teaching practice experience with multilingual English language learners from the Toronto area.
- Follows the Cambridge CELTA syllabus and provides practical and professional awareness of learners, language, methodology and materials.
- Develops practical ability in classroom management, lesson planning, introduction and practice of new language, and the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
- Is intended for native speakers of English and those whose English is of native-speaker level.
- Provides pre-service training to those with no teaching experience, but is also suited to those already in the profession and in need of a formal qualification.
2018 Full-Time Course Dates
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|The full-time intensive course runs Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5:30 pm (approx.) for 4 consecutive weeks.|
2018 Part-Time Course Dates
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|The part-time course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 pm-10 pm (approx.) with six alternating Saturdays, 10 am-4:30 pm for 12 consecutive weeks.|
We highly recommend that you obtain the following reading materials upon your acceptance into the CELTA program.
Learning Teaching, Jim Scrivener (Heinemann)
A Concise Grammar for English Language Teachers, Tony Penston (TP Publications)
Practical English Usage, Michael Swan (Oxford University Press)
All course trainers have undergone extensive preparation in order to qualify as CELTA tutors and are approved by Cambridge ESOL.
Simon has been head of teacher training since 2008
Simon Leclerc has been involved in the education field, both research and training, since 1997. His initial work experiences with education were through research projects at Wilfrid Laurier University where he conducted counseling groups for high-risk students. This led to his work in researching the influences of residential mobility on academic success and socialization. After some travel around Canada, Simon completed his CELTA certification at LSC Toronto in 2000 where he took on ESL teaching duties at LSC until 2003. At that point, he decided to pursue a Bachelor of Education for K-grade 6 and spent some time in the public sector. Having added to his experience, Simon came back to ESL instruction at LSC and also developed curriculum. Two projects of note were a young learners summer program for ages 5 to 16 (for those from disadvantaged regions of Mexico) and redevelopment of a teacher training course for non-native speakers and TKT preparation.
Looking for new challenges, Simon moved to London, England to complete his DELTA in 2007 at Oxford House College. He also continued to further his teaching experience by focusing on IELTS and Cambridge test preparation courses, as well as working as an IELTS examiner. Upon returning to Canada, he was hired as the CELTA Administrator for LSC Toronto and trained up as a CELTA course tutor and then a CELTA course assessor. He really enjoys watching the transformation that CELTA trainees go through over the month of the course. Simon views the CELTA as a perfect marriage of his educational research findings and practical classroom application. In his free time, Simon enjoys going to concerts, collecting music, playing tennis, jogging, traveling and meeting up at the pub for conversation and a pint.
David has been teacher training for over 20 years
David has worked as an ESL teacher all over the world, principally in Morocco, Italy, Poland, Portugal, England, and Canada. He has been teacher training for over 20 years mainly on CELTA courses, but also at university, on TESL courses, and with school leavers’ work experience programs.
David has done most roles in ESL from teaching to training to managing teachers and trainers and running schools and summer camps, as well as examining for Cambridge University.
One thing that has not changed is his love of the classroom and what can be experienced and discovered there, both by the learner and teacher themselves.
He emigrated to Toronto in 2009 to start a family with his Canadian wife and has since become a father to two children. He spends what spare time he has with his family, on the BBC website, or doing his movement practice. He enjoys cycling to school, brunch at the weekend, and learning how to bring kids up.
Hayley completed her DELTA in 2014
Hayley has been in the ESL industry since 2008 when she decided to head to Korea, seeing it as an opportunity to explore the world before settling down. As it turned out, she fell in love with teaching ESL and pursued her CELTA at IH Prague in 2009. She headed back to Korea before finally returning to her hometown of Toronto. In Toronto, she taught General English, EAP and Cambridge test preparation for three years at a private language school. Regardless of the course content, Hayley strove to make her lessons engaging and dynamic for the students.
In 2014, Hayley wanted to challenge herself professionally and decided to do the DELTA at LSC Toronto. Her success on the DELTA opened up doors in both curriculum development and teacher training. In teaching and training, Hayley loves helping people to develop themselves; she finds the personal and professional transformation that takes place in the classroom to be inspiring. In 2015, Hayley joined the CELTA department at LSC Toronto.
When not in the classroom, Hayley can be found outdoors, playing softball and tennis, or in the kitchen, testing out new recipes.
Patrick has been a CELTA trainer since 2007
Patrick's career in ESL is fast approaching 15 years. He has always been interested in languages and linguistics, even as he studied sciences, modern languages (BA, University of Toronto) and music (MMus, Royal Academy of Music, London). Since he finished his CELTA course at LSC Toronto, Patrick has taught a wide range of classes, including 1-to-1, TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge CAE, business and general English classes. Besides teaching, Patrick has also been an examiner for IELTS, as well as FCE and CAE oral examinations. He also enjoys leading professional development workshops and seminars. Beyond the qualification itself, the CELTA course also gave Patrick a goal and ambition – to become a CELTA trainer.
To fulfill that goal, he completed the DELTA at International House, London, and received his CELTA tutor training back at LSC Toronto after that. He has been a CELTA trainer since 2007. With Toronto as his home base, Patrick has taught and trained in the UK and the United Arab Emirates. Among the most enjoyable aspects of his job is the chance to meet people from very diverse backgrounds. Being able to give them skills that will help them in their ESL career is also very gratifying, especially when they make significant and tangible progress in a short period of time. In his spare time Patrick continues to pursue performing opportunities as a classically trained tenor.
Tom has been teaching ESL since 2006
Tom got into teaching after finishing his undergrad in English Literature and Theatre Studies. He began his ESL teaching career in 2006, teaching various levels of general English (beginner to advanced). He very much enjoyed meeting people and learning about their various cultures and interests and this remains his favorite aspect of the industry.
After several years of teaching general English, he branched out and began teaching specialty classes, including business English and exam preparation courses (Cambridge, IELTS). The new challenge these classes offered were very enjoyable and it was an especially rewarding experience to help a class work towards a common goal.
After having such a positive experience working in the industry, he decided the next step would be to become a CELTA trainer so he could help others get involved in ESL teaching. He received his DELTA certification and now splits his time between teaching ESL and training CELTA candidates, enjoying the new opportunities to meet new people and help them along their career paths.
Our Toronto CELTA course gives you the training you need to become an English language teacher and the skills you need to teach English anywhere in the world.
Currently teaching in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
By the time I decided to take the CELTA course, I had been teaching English for 8 years already. I had been told that the course was hard, but that was not a problem as I was prepared for the hard work. What I didn’t expect was that I would learn that much in just a month!
After years and years teaching English (in which five of them were just private tutoring) I can say that CELTA has given me back my faith in groups classes!
During the course, we’ve been given all the support we needed by the (super cool and highly qualified) trainers and the school. We also got and gave support by sharing experiences (fears and excitement. ) with our peers, in a very healthy atmosphere. I had had the opportunity to take the course in Brazil, but I decided to take it abroad and that was a decision I will never regret.
Not only did I have the opportunity to get to know an amazing country, but I also dealt with students from really different backgrounds, who committed different mistakes and had different necessities from the ones I was used to teaching. Canada is a multicultural country and taking the course there was a PLUS!
After taking the CELTA, I became more confident (and super excited!) to teach groups again. I can say the certificate worked more like a “door opener” for me as I was able to choose the job at the school I wanted (which happens to be the best in town!).
All I can say is that I highly recommend the course, the multicultural experience in Toronto to any English teacher, experienced or not, who wants to feel fulfilled in their career!
Currently teaching in Shanghai, China
I took the CELTA course at LSC in September of 2012. When I started the course, I already had some teaching experience and some knowledge about teaching theory, but I wanted some hands-on skills that I could use in the classroom. The CELTA course gave me these skills and so much more. Along with a variety of classroom methods, the course also covered language analysis; how to use language resources; an overview of English language teaching in a variety of contexts, and even how to find a job once the course was finished. Most importantly, however, the course provided me with a solid foundation that I could build upon once the course was over.
While the course is only one month long, it provides all graduates with the skills and techniques they need to succeed and develop long after they have finished the course. This is the true benefit of the CELTA course: it teaches students how to continue to grow as teachers once they have left the course. It is a great course for any person that is interested in teaching English either in Canada or overseas. Even for experienced teachers, I would highly recommend it. The facilities are fantastic, the students and staff are friendly and along with all of the benefits listed above: you will probably make a few friends, too!
Currently teaching in Seoul, Korea
After finishing my undergrad, I was looking to travel and work simultaneously. I had heard of many friends and friends of friends teaching English abroad and felt that it would be an excellent opportunity for me as well. After consulting the web, I felt that CELTA would provide me with the best opportunities anywhere in the world so I joined the CELTA course in May 2012 - immediately after finishing my undergrad. That month of May was grueling, I had just done a 4-year undergrad and was still very overwhelmed in the course but I pulled through.
As fortune would have it, immediately after completing my CELTA, I was offered a job in the same school as an ESL teacher.
I had an amazing summer, autumn and winter teaching and honing my skills learnt in CELTA. On my first day of teaching I taught more hours than I had done during my 4 weeks of CELTA, it was… an experience, but all my hard work, long hours and sleepless nights payed off.
Now it’s February 2014 and I’m heading to Seoul, Korea to teach with the EPIK program there and begin my adventure. CELTA has brand recognition and is often a requirement for many place in the world, consider it for either starting your ESL career of enhancing it.
1. General Information
The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) has been administering examinations in English as a Foreign Language since 1913. In September 1988, it took over the administration of the Certificates and Diplomas for Teaching English as a Foreign Language formerly administered by the RSA Examinations Board. In 2003 University of Cambridge ESOL began overseeing teaching qualifications. The model of the course was originally designed by John Haycraft in the 1960's and in 1977, in consultation with International House, the model was adapted, developed and piloted with other organisations. Revisions to the Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFLA) were introduced via phased piloting throughout 1995 and 1996. From the 30th October 1996 the Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA) was renamed the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). Language Studies Canada has been running CELTA courses since 1996.
2.What does CELTA stand for?
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.
3. Is CELTA a TESL or a TEFL certificate?
It's both. CELTA covers methodology and techniques used in both TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). CELTA is often called an ELT (English Language Teaching) certificate because it is applicable to all types of English language teaching.
4. Do you offer "the TESL certificate"?
There is no such thing as "the TESL certificate" just as there is no such thing as "the B.A.". There are several kinds of TESL/TEFL/TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificates offered by many institutions. CELTA is one of those certificates. CELTA is an ELT (English Language Teaching) certificate, which encompasses TESL and TEFL. It is the most widely recognized and respected international certificate offered in Canada.
5. Who recognizes the CELTA certificate?
CELTA is administered through the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and is recognized internationally by both private and public institutes. Within Canada, we are recognized by TESL Canada and most provincial TESL organizations.
6. Can I work in Canada and other countries with CELTA?
Yes. CELTA is one of the most highly regarded qualifications for working in a private language school in Canada, including Ontario. Many college and university ESL/EFL programmes are run much like private language schools and will hire teachers with a CELTA certificate. CELTA is the most requested pre-service teaching qualification by both public and private employers overseas. When checking websites advertising English teaching jobs, you will often see CELTA listed as the preferred qualification.
7. Why is CELTA so highly regarded?
CELTA is a standardized course overseen by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, which is part of Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. Cambridge ESOL ensures that all CELTA courses meet their standards regarding curriculum and methods of assessment. Cambridge-appointed assessors visit every CELTA course in the world to ensure standardization. EC runs 11 CELTA courses per year, and is therefore visited 11 times per year by Cambridge assessors. Because CELTA is offered in centres all over the world, employers have become familiar with what the course entails. They tend to know what they are getting when they hire a person with a CELTA certificate. Employers have confidence that anyone with a CELTA certificate has received effective, practical, real-world training that has prepared them to go directly into a teaching position.
8. Can I do the course if English is not my first language?
Yes, your English needs to be of a near-native level. This means that you need to have a command of English that allows you to complete all written assignments and teaching practice requirements to the University of Cambridge standards.
9. Do I need teaching experience to take the CELTA?
No. Prior teaching experience is not a necessary prerequisite to being accepted onto a CELTA course.
10. Can I do the course by correspondence?
No. The CELTA course at EC Toronto is not offered via correspondence. Our CELTA course is very practical by nature and so does not lend itself to distance learning. We strive to improve practical teaching techniques and strategies, and so the course directly involves actual hands-on teaching practice with a clear feedback mechanism to guide you and facilitate improvement.
11. What quality assurance mechanisms are there?
Great importance is attached to quality control and this is assured in a number of ways: All centers are subject to annual approval by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Every course that a center offers is visited by a Cambridge-appointed external assessor. Every center is assigned a Joint Chief Assessor who monitors standards at the center. Standardization meetings for centers, assessors and Joint Chief Assessors are held annually. Procedures exist for you to raise any issue of concern with Cambridge ESOL via the center.
12. What is the pass/fail rate?
Approximately 7,000 – 10,000 candidates take the CELTA every year. The overall failure rate worldwide is approximately 6%. For such a large number of candidates, very few fail. This is true for 2 reasons: The detailed application and selection process is in place so that only candidates with the potential to pass are accepted onto the course. A system of tutor and peer support is built into the programme. If you are having difficulty on the course, you can receive assistance from your tutors or peers.
13. What are the admission requirements?
University of Cambridge ESOL and CELTA operate on the principle of open and equal opportunity for all, irrespective of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, creed, colour, race, ethnic origin, age or disability. To be accepted for the CELTA course, applicants must fulfill the following criteria: Applicants must be at least 20 years old, have gained university entrance qualifications Applicants who are not at least 20 years old or who have not gained university entrance qualifications may be admitted at the discretion of the Course Co-ordinator.
14. I've heard that CELTA is really hard. Why is this?
CELTA is not hard in the sense that the material is difficult to understand. The course is often considered difficult because it is very intensive and there are many deadlines to meet in the space of a month. It is a full-time commitment for 4 weeks. Evenings and weekends are devoted to completing assignments and preparing lessons for teaching practice. Time management skills are very important to success on this course. Furthermore, assessment is continuous. Each day there is a 2-hour teaching practice with real students drawn from the community. During that time, you have to put into practice what you have learned. The teaching practice is assessed by one of the course tutors and you are given written and oral feedback from your tutors and peers.
15. Can I take the course part-time?
At EC we do offer the course part-time. The course generally runs over 12 weeks - Tuesday, Thursday evenings and six Saturdays. Please see the course dates page for the next part-time start date.
16. Does the centre offer help in finding jobs for its successful candidates?
We provide you with the website addresses of major recruiters of ELT teachers worldwide. We encourage you to contact them so the recruiters can then forward lists of current world-wide teaching vacancies. We often receive job ads from employers, specifically seeking our CELTA graduates. These ads are posted on our job board in the CELTA resource room. EC Toronto has hired many CELTA graduates. EC also has schools in Montreal and Vancouver that hire CELTA graduates. However, EC does not guarantee employment as it is your responsibility to pursue those job opportunities you are interested in.
17. Can I get funding?
These courses are not usually eligible for a mandatory award. Financial help may be available through Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) if you are currently unemployed and registered with HRDC. CELTA is a University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations course. Cambridge ESOL Examinations is part of the University of Cambridge in England and has no affiliation with Ontario universities or colleges. Therefore, CELTA candidates are not eligible for OSAP.
18. Are there any additional costs?
There are no mandatory additional costs, however we strongly recommend that you buy the recommended books. There are 3 recommended books. You may purchase these books or use the copies in the CELTA resource room. Most candidates prefer to purchase some of the books so that they have them at their disposal during the course. All the books are very valuable resources that many teachers buy for their personal libraries and continue to use after they complete the CELTA.
19. Do I need a computer?
It is not essential to have a computer, however many people prefer using a computer to handwriting assignments and lesson plans. You will do a lot of writing on the course so if you want to use a computer and you have your own laptop, then by all means bring it with you and use our wireless network. We currently have five computers, which are connected to a printer in the CELTA resource room. These facilities are available for all candidates to use during course hours. We use Microsoft software and all computers provide Internet access.
20. Do I need to bring any stationary supplies for the course?
Yes, we do not supply pens or paper, so you need to bring the standard stationary you would need for any course e.g. pens, pencils, paper, etc. You also need to bring a standard 3-ring binder and dividers.
21. What facilities does EC offer?
The CELTA centre is located in EC Toronto school. The school offers bright, modern facilities. Within the CELTA centre there is a resource room containing a wide collection of textbooks and teacher resource books from all the major ELT publishers. We also have visual aids, audio materials, props, audio-visual equipment and five computers. There are refrigerators for storing lunches and there are lounges with microwaves where you can eat or study.
22. Who teaches the CELTA course?
The CELTA tutors are highly experienced teachers who have also received CELTA Trainer accreditation through the University of Cambridge. They have completed both the CELTA and DELTA qualifications and have many years of both teaching and training experience.
23. Is there a final exam?
No. Assessment is on a continuous basis. Please see assessment guidelines in the Assessment and Certification section for further information.
24. Where can I get further information about CELTA or other Cambridge ESOL courses?
We recommend you visit the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations website at www.cambridgeesol.org for further information.
25. Does EC provide accommodation?
EC does not provide accommodation for CELTA students. However, we can provide you information on accommodation options in Toronto. Details are provided upon request at interview.
Having a CELTA certificate, along with a university degree, is your guarantee for employment world-wide. It is highly regarded in all countries and in some countries it is the standard qualification for employment as an English language teacher.
CELTA graduates find jobs in private language schools in Canada and abroad, at colleges and universities, at international elementary and secondary schools, doing in-house corporate English lessons, with humanitarian organizations involved in overseas projects and with the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) programme.
For information on recognition of teaching certificates generally in Canada, visit the TESL Canada site at http://www.tesl.ca/. For recognition of teaching certificates in Ontario, visit the TESL Ontario site at http://www.teslontario.org/.
Points to Remember
If you do not possess a completed university degree, even with a CELTA, you will not qualify for employment at any of the Canadian language institutes, either public or private, that are members of Languages Canada - you may qualify for employment with private language schools that are not members of Languages Canada With a university degree and a CELTA, you will not normally qualify for employment with public-sector institutions that require their teachers to have TESL Ontario certification - such institutions generally receive government funding or provide LINC training.
You will come across many different acronyms for types of qualifications. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are all common acronyms that mean essentially the same thing. All of these refer to English language teaching qualifications in general.
CELTA is the brand name for the University of Cambridge's English language teaching qualification.
If ads say you need to have a recognized TESL/TEFL/TESOL qualification, employers expect you to have a qualification that they will recognize
For overseas jobs, in most cases this means the CELTA or another certificate that is offered by an internationally known institution and that has international recognition.
For jobs in Canada, this will usually mean a certificate that has recognition from TESL Canada or a provincial TESL organization -it's best to contact employers directly to find out which standard they are seeking.
You may also see alternate names for the CELTA such as RSA, CTEFLA or Cambridge qualifications.
To research jobs currently available around the world, here are some websites where you can start your search:
This site if popular for jobs in Canada, the USA and Asia
This is a great website for a wider job search including Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East
This website is part of the Guardian newspaper published in the UK. It tends to be a good place to find jobs in Europe.
EC Toronto is a teacher-training centre for the University of Cambridge's Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
As part of our teacher-training program, EC Toronto English school needs volunteer students to participate in free English lessons given by our student teachers in the CELTA program. CELTA free classes are provided at the pre-intermediate to upper intermediate levels. All lessons are carefully supervised by our teacher trainers.
Full Time classes are held Monday to Friday from 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm. Part Time classes are held Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm.
How can I enroll for free English classes?
Visit the EC Toronto office between:
- 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Thursday
- 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Friday
When are the free classes scheduled?
Each course is 4 weeks long or 11 weeks long. Classes are held Monday to Friday from 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm for the full-time, and Tuesday and Thursday 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm for the part-time.
2018 Session Start Dates:
* Full Time Courses are 4 weeks long.
** Part Time Courses are 11 weeks long.
Can I register for the course?
Yes, if there is space in the class.
What is the course content?
- Analysis and practice of grammar
- Practical language for everyday situations
- Focus on a wide range of vocabulary which can be put to immediate use in everyday situations
- Focus on pronunciation improvement
- A strong emphasis on developing the 4 language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing
- Emphasis on development of motivation and confidence in English
Are there any entrance requirements?
To join a free English class, you must:
- be at least 16 years old
- agree to study for a minimum of 4 weeks
- agree to come to class on time
- pay a registration fee of $20 for each course you attend
Are there any other conditions?
Courses for any session may be full. When this happens, we will put you on the waiting list. You will hear from us as soon as a place in your level becomes available. For the teacher training program to run smoothly, full attendance is required. You must:
- attend on the first day of class
- tell EC if you will need to be absent from class
- tell EC if you are no longer able to attend class
Spaces in classes are limited and are given on a first-come first served basis. You may attend as many courses as you wish.
- Over time, you will probably repeat materials.
Tuition Fee Payment, Refund and Postponement Policies
Applicants who successfully complete the interview stage of the application process will be offered a place in one of our CELTA courses.
Applicants accepted to the course must reserve their place by paying fees according to the deadline noted on their acceptance letter. The deadline is six weeks prior to the course start date. For applicants who are offered a place on a course within six weeks prior to the course start date, a payment deadline within the week of the interview will be set. If applicants fail to pay their fees in full by the indicated deadline, their place will be offered to another qualifying applicant.
Fee Refund Policy as Prescribed under s. 25 to 33 of O.Reg. 415/06
25. (1) A private career college shall refund all of the fees paid by a student under a contract for the provision of a vocational program in the following circumstances:
1. The contract is rescinded by a person within two days of receiving a copy of the contract in accordance with section 36 of the Act.
2. The private career college discontinues the vocational program before the student completes the program, subject to subsection (2).
3. The private career college charges or collects the fees,
i. before the registration was issued for the college under the Act or before the vocational program was approved by the Superintendent, or
ii. before entering into a contract for the provision of the vocational program with the student, unless the fee is collected under subsection 44 (3).
4. The private career college expels the student from the college in a manner or for reasons that are contrary to the college's expulsion policy.
5. The private career college employs an instructor who is not qualified to teach all or part of the program under section 41.
6. The contract is rendered void under subsection 18 (2) or under section 22.
7. If a private career college fails to, or does not accurately, provide in the itemized list provided to the Superintendent under section 43 a fee item corresponding to a fee paid by a student for the provision of a vocational program, the college shall pay the student,
i. in the case of an item not provided by the college, the full amount of the fee for the item, and
ii. in the case of a fee in excess of the amount of the fee provided for the item, the difference between the amount of the fee for the item provided to the Superintendent and the fee collected.
(2) A full refund is not payable in the circumstances described in paragraph 2 of subsection (1) if the discontinuance of the vocational program coincides with the private career college ceasing to operate.
(3) A refund is not payable under paragraphs 1 to 6 of subsection (1) unless the student gives the private career college a written demand for the refund.
(4) A refund under subsection (1) is payable by the private career college within 30 days of the day the student delivers to the college,
(a) in the case of a rescission under section 36 of the Act, notice of the rescission; or
(b) in the case of a refund under paragraphs 2 to 6 of subsection (1), a written demand for the refund.
Partial refund where student does not commence program
26. (1) If a student is admitted to a vocational program, pays fees to the private career college in respect of the program and subsequently does not commence the program, the college shall refund part of the fees paid by the student in the following circumstances:
1. The student gives the college notice that he or she is withdrawing from the program before the day the vocational program commences.
2. In the case of a student who is admitted to a vocational program on the condition that the student meet specified admission requirements before the day the program commences, the student fails to meet the requirements before that day.
3. The student does not attend the program during the first 14 days that follow the day the program commenced and the college gives written notice to the student that it is cancelling the contract no later than 45 days after the day the program has commenced.
(2) The amount of a refund under subsection (1) shall be an amount that is equal to the full amount paid by the student for the vocational program, less an amount equal to the lesser of 20 per cent of the full amount of the fee and $500.
(3) A refund under subsection (1) is payable,
(a) in the case of a refund under paragraph 1 of subsection (1), within 30 days of the day the student gives notice of withdrawing from the program;
(b) in the case of a refund under paragraph 2 of subsection (1), within 30 days of the day the vocational program commences; and
(c) in the case of a refund under paragraph 3 of subsection (1), within 45 days of the day the vocational program commences.
(4) For the purposes of paragraph 3 of subsection (1), it is a condition of a contract for the provision of a vocational program that the private career college may cancel the contract within 45 days of the day the vocational program commences if the person who entered the contract with the college fails to attend the program during the 14 days that follow the day the vocational program commences.
(5) A private career college that wishes to cancel a contract in accordance with subsection (4) shall give written notice of the cancellation to the other party to the contract within 45 days of the day the vocational program commences.
Partial refunds: withdrawals and expulsions after program commenced
27. (1) A private career college shall give a student who commences a vocational program a refund of part of the fees paid in respect of the program if, at a time during the program determined under subsection (3),
(a) the student withdraws from the program after the program has commenced; or
(b) the student is expelled from the program in circumstances where the expulsion is permitted under the private career college's expulsion policy.
(2) This section does not apply to vocational programs described in sections 28 and 29.
(3) A private career college shall pay a partial refund under this section only if the withdrawal or expulsion from the vocational program occurs at a time during the program determined in accordance with the following rules:
1. In the case of a vocational program that is less than 12 months in duration, the withdrawal or expulsion occurs during the first half of the program.
2. In the case of a vocational program that is 12 months or more in duration,
i. for the first 12 months in the duration of the program and for every subsequent full 12 months in the program, the withdrawal or expulsion occurs during the first six months of that 12-month period, and
ii. for any period in the duration of the vocational program remaining after the last 12-month period referred to in subparagraph i has elapsed, the withdrawal or expulsion occurs in the first half of the period.
(4) If the student withdraws or is expelled from a vocational program within the first half of a period referred to in subsection (3), the amount of the refund that the private career college shall pay the student shall be equal to the full amount of the fees paid in respect of the program less,
(a) an amount that is equal to the lesser of 20 per cent of the full amount of the fees in respect of the program and $500; and
(b) the portion of the fees in respect of the portion of the period that had elapsed at the time of the withdrawal or expulsion.
(5) If the student withdraws or is expelled from a vocational program during the second half of a period referred to in subsection (3), the private career college is not required to pay the student any refund in respect of that period.
(6) A private career college shall refund the full amount of fees paid in respect of a period that had not yet commenced at the time of the withdrawal or expulsion.
No retention of refund
30. A private career college shall not retain, by way of deduction or set-off, any refund of fees payable to a student under sections 25 to 29 in order to recover an amount owed by the student in respect of any service or program other than a vocational program offered by the private career college.
Treatment of books and equipment
31. In calculating a refund under sections 25 to 29, a private career college may retain the retail cost of books or equipment that the private career college supplied to the student if the student,
(a) fails to return the books or equipment to the private career college within 10 days of the student's withdrawal or expulsion from the program, or
(b) returns the books or equipment to the private career college within the 10-day period referred to clause (a), but fails to return it unopened or in the same state it was in when supplied.
Refund for international students
32. A notice to a private career college that is provided by or on behalf of an international student or of a prospective international student and that states that the student has not been issued a temporary resident visa as a member of the student class under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) is deemed to be,
(a) notice of a rescission of the contract for the purposes of section 36 of the Act if the notice is given within two days of receiving a copy of the contract; and
(b) notice that the student is withdrawing from the program for the purposes of paragraph 1 of subsection 26 (1) or clause 29 (2) (a) if the notice is received on or before half of the duration of the program has elapsed.
33. Any refund of fees that a private career college is required to pay under the Act shall be paid in Canadian or U.S. dollars.