Our History

English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) is a charitable organization providing one-on-one English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult newcomers who are not able to attend regular English classes.

Through the guided expertise of our ESL certified Education Counsellors, ELTOC has been training and matching volunteer tutors with adult newcomers to teach ESL since 1992. Our inception came from a1991 research paper titled “Who Falls Through the Cracks?”, which is available to read below.

Since this time, ELTOC annually matches up to 200 newcomers with tutors.

Our Vision

Our vision is a strong, inclusive, multicultural community.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide individualized and accessible English as a Second Language (ESL) training to newcomers to Ottawa who cannot attend regular ESL classes, thereby helping them gain the confidence and community ties that will help them integrate into Canadian society. English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) achieves its mission by matching newcomers to ELTOC-trained volunteers in the community.

30th Anniversary
October 2021

1991 research paper
that resulted in the creation of ELTOC