Indigenous Languages and International Languages

Students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 can learn to read, write and speak a new language or maintain their heritage language. Please note that no experience is necessary in a language to enrol in our programs. More than 20 different language courses are available.

About the Program

Thank you for your interest in the Indigenous Languages and International Languages program at the York Region District School Board (YRDSB). We are pleased to welcome you to our exciting program.

  • The program is available to all YRDSB and non-YRDSB students

  • No prior language experience is necessary

  • Classes run Tuesday to Friday evenings and Saturday mornings

The program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education and is intended for students who wish to learn a new language, preserve their own language or enhance their intercultural awareness. There is no cost to enroll in the program, except for a consumable and resource fee.

Please note: Courses are subject to enrollment and teacher availability. Stacked classes may be created based on registration numbers. Additional fees are required for international fee-paying visa students.

Elementary Courses (SK to Grade 8)

At this time we are planning for face-to-face, in-person instruction onsite for the 2023-2024 elementary program year. While we will be returning to the same ILIL school locations pre-pandemic, there may be some changes to the locations in which specific languages are offered. 

Please be advised the program delivery model may change from face-to-face to remote (online) depending on the pandemic and from the Ministry of Education, York Health and Board directives.

Secondary Credit Courses (Grades 9 to 12)

More information coming in the summer.

If you have any questions, please email us at You can also visit our homepage on the YRDSB website for further information regarding our program.

Research shows that speaking more than one language has many cognitive benefits and may improve how the brain functions, such as improving memory and concentration; enhance decision-making and multi-tasking skills; and open future employment opportunities.

2023-2024 School Year

Please see our elementary webpage for more information on registration and course offerings. You can also contact us by email at​ or by phone at 905-884-2046 ext. 242.

2023-2024 School Year

More information coming in the summer.

Please see our secondary webpage for more information on registration and course offerings. You can also contact us by email at or by phone at 905-884-2046 ext. 242.

Contact Us

Have questions? Check out the list of frequently asked questions or contact us.