Haliburton County

Haliburton is a county in Central Ontario, known as a tourist and cottage area.  Haliburton County is north of Peterborough and Lindsay and borders Algonquin Park to the north.  

For more information, download the Haliburton Community Service Plan 2020-2021 (updated February 2020) or visit the Statistics Canada Census Profile.

Literacy and Basic Skills providers in Haliburton County include:


John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton 

Outreach Literacy (Community-Based Learning)

Front door entrance to the John Howard Society in Minden Ontario.

John Howard Society, Minden Ontario

John Howard Society offers the “Community Based Learning Outreach Literacy” program.  A program that provides literacy basic skills training for adults. Services are provided in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton regions.  The John Howard Society is an Employment Ontario Partner.

Services Available: 

  • Information & referrals to other service providers
  • Assessment process – gathering information regarding learner’s knowledge, skills, behaviours and abilities (Interview, Informal Tests and Standardized Assessments)
  • Learner Plan Development that describes the individual’s goal path to Employment, Further Education / Training, and Independence
  • One-on-one tutoring and/or small group training in one or more of the OALCF competencies
  • Follow Up

Location and Contact Information:

14 IGA Rd. Unit 101
Minden ON
K0M 2K0

Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Year Round)

Contact: Robert Gaudette 
Phone: 1-888-665-6615 ext. 921 (Toll free number for Minden and Haliburton)

Website: https://outreachliteracy.com

Fleming College

Academic Upgrading

Academic Upgrading, an Employment Ontario program, is designed for adults (age 19 and up) who want to improve their reading, writing, math, science, or computer skills up to a college-entry level. Academic Upgrading prepares students for post-secondary study at college, for the workforce, for apprenticeships, or for other training, according to the goals of the student.

Program Features:

  • Learners participate in assessment, goal setting and training plan development
  • Curriculum is individualized and student directed
  • Learning resources are geared to adult learners and training emphasizes preparation for college, employment or apprenticeship

Value-Added Supports:

  • Funded by the Government of Ontario, Academic Upgrading is free to the learner
  • There are also subsidies for childcare and transportation for those who qualify
  • Instruction in computer basics, student advising, and counseling provided free to all students
  • Flexible, individualized, self-paced and self-directed
  • A continuous intake program

Location and Contact Information:

Village Court Plaza,
49 Maple St., Unit 3,
Haliburton, ON
K0M 1S0

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Thursday evening: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Contact: Marion Willemsen
Phone: (705) 457-4562
Fax: (705) 457-4037

Website: https://flemingcollege.ca/programs/academic-upgrading

Contact North – Haliburton

Contact North is Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network

Location and Contact Information:

Contact North – Haliburton
49 Maple St (co-located with Fleming CREW)
Haliburton, ON
K0M 1S0

Contact: Robin Brushey, Online Learning Recruitment Officer

www.contactnorth.ca | www.contactnord.ca