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Second Career: Get Skills-training and Financial Support When You Qualify

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What Second Career gives you

You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • tuition
  • books
  • manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance (maximum $410 per week)
  • child care

How you qualify for Second Career

As a start, you qualify for Second Career when:

  • you have been laid off and have not been working
  • you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs

If you’re receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply.

When preparing your application, you also have to show:

  • how long you have been unemployed, or working your temporary job, and looking for work
  • places you have applied and positions you have applied for (e.g. cover letters, CV and responses from potential employers)
  • what level of education you reached
  • where you worked before, for how long and what skills you needed for that work
  • what skills you want to get and where you can get trained in them
  • information showing the skills and job you want to train for are in demand

What you pay into Second Career

When you apply to Second Career, you have to show the costs to be covered during training.

You may have to pay part of these costs yourself. The amount you’ll have to pay is based on several things, starting with your gross (before tax) household income.

Financial information

You must provide information about:

  • your income
  • your household income (e.g. spouse)
  • current expenses

School information

You must research at least three training institutions to make sure they offer the training you need. Make sure to include:

  • at least one college of applied arts and technology
  • at least one private career college

Job market information

You must show that the skills you want to get – and the work you want
to do – are needed by employers. This can be shown through:

  • job postings
  • news of future job opportunities (e.g. office expansion, new company)

Applying to Second Career

You are at the right place! We are here to assist you with Second Career evaluation and application. Please call us at 905-273-6788 to make an appointment. 100% free service.

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Staying at Home During Covid19 But keep Learning

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Now the world is going through unprecedented times because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are out of work, some are working from home, and others are going out everyday as a part of the essential services workforce. All of them are balancing the multiple responsibilities of putting food on the table and providing care for children, seniors, and those who are sick, or in isolation.

While the doors of our home are closed, we are doing our best to keep windows of learning open. Here are still some things we can do to keep learning during Covid19 Pandemic.

Take Online Courses

As the saying goes, ‘Live and learn’. Learning is a lifelong process no matter what stage you are at. There are many online courses you can take during the COVID19 Pandemic. One of the best choice is to learn at our college – Academy of Learning College Mississauga campus.

What’s so good in us?

For more than 30 years with over 50 Academy of Learning® College campuses, Academy of Learning’s focal point has always been and continues to be the student. It provides methods of learning that will fulfill students’ needs, as well as the requirements of today’s competitive job market. We have helped learners successfully complete over one million training courses and successfully landed on their dream jobs.

Academy of Learning Career College continues to meet adult learners’
changing needs by leveraging technology to offer an innovative method of
learning – virtual learning. Students have the opportunity to learn and
participate in a Virtual Classroom and participate in a live session
with their instructor every day. Students also master the skills and
knowledge they need to succeed in their future careers through online
digital media, textbooks, and software programs. A community of
like-minded learners who are also changing their lives is just a click
away!

In more recent years, Academy of Learning® Career College adopted “e-learning” technology as an extension of the Integrated Learning™ System. Students complete course materials presented within a comprehensive Academy Online system. This system incorporates online presentations, tutorials and media that combine with access to instructional materials, simulated labs, exercises, as well as quizzes, review questions, or pre- and post-tests. In this delivery method, students are supported by a qualified Online Instructor or an on-site qualified campus Facilitator.

We are also providing students’ grant to solve all sorts of students’ financial problems. So learning for a diploma will not be a burden at all.

Why not upskill from today? Call us at 905-273-6788.

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10 Self-Care Tips During COVID-19 Lockdown

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Now that we are in the middle of lockdown and have plenty of time on our hands, this is the perfect time to turn our focus onto something which most of us are guilty of neglecting: us. Perhaps one of the perks of social distancing is that it has given us some much-needed space. With less interaction with the outside world and other people, we do not have to worry about pleasing others and putting their needs over that of our own. Now is the time to put yourself first and do things that will make you feel happy and relaxed. In such difficult times we all deserve a little self-love and what better way to do that than self-care?

Not to worry if you don’t know how or where to start, here are 10 tips for self-care that you can practice.

Revisit an old skill

All of us have a kill that we have now stopped putting to use due to
different reasons. This might be an opportunity to revisit that old
skill and rediscover why you fell in love with that particular thing in
the first place. We often let go of skills that we think are useless
because they cannot be monetized. But under current circumstances,
mental peace and happiness are a luxury and these skills could just buy
us those.

Cooking

Time to stir the pot a little, even if it is to make instant noodles.
During the lockdown, cooking has emerged as a go-to chore for many to
pass time, provide nourishment to the body, and to fill up the wide hole
left by the absence of takeaway meals and gourmet restaurants. People
are cooking because they have to cook. Or because they have nothing
better to do. But also because it is therapeutic. Cooking or baking a
dish that you like to eat may prove to be a fulfilling experience. Plus
home-cooked food is healthier, which means this one is both for the body
and for the soul.

With various cooking trends and challenges doing rounds on social media, why not try new recipes, and flaunt your newly acquired skills in front of your friends and family digitally. this could also be a good distraction from constant news updates on COVID-19.

Catching up with your long-lost friends

Life before COVId-19 was busy ad eventful. A lot of us had little time to catch up long-lost friends. We often wonder whatever happened to that girl who used to share tiffin with us during recess in the fifth standard. Or what’s up with the BBF from the seventh standard who we lost touch with. Now is the time to find out. Use the power of digital technology at your disposal and reach out to old friends via social media. Talk, text, video call and catch up. A heart to heart with an old school friend, reliving your childhood, will not only make you feel good but also bring back a valuable person, the one you cherished a lot at one point of time.

Practice your self-care routine

Take your sweet time to go through your morning self-care routine and your bedtime routine. You can also experiment with some home-made masks as well as face packs. You can make these masks with just simple everyday ingredients like milk, cream, aloe vera, besan, etc.

Spend time in your garden or your terrace

Have your morning coffee outside in your garden with a fresh cool breeze in your face and the sound of birds chirping. You can also enjoy your evening tea watching the sunset from your terrace. Now that we have got time, we should learn to reap these little pleasures of life that bring so much joy to our day to day life.

Exercise

This is one of the ways to not let the lockdown get to your head. You can go for different kinds of workouts which can be done indoors like yoga, cardio, treadmill, etc. There are so many indoor exercise videos available online that you can practice at home. Exercise helps you clear your mind as well as stay healthy and feel good. Taking out an hour or so to workout will bring positivity in your mindset too.

Organise

Remember the cupboard and the bookshelf that you were supposed to organize three months back? Now you can clear all the clutter and mess in your room and at your home. This will help relieve the stress as well as make you feel more comfortable and happy in your home. Scoring extra spaces to store by decluttering is an added advantage.

Set screen time

This is very important so that you don’t waste all your time binge-watching series and movies and not do anything productive. Too much screen time will affect your vision and make you feel irritable and sluggish. So put a cap on your screentime, and use your day to pursue other chores. these chores don’t have to always be productive, you can do something unproductive like playing ludo with your sibling, just because it’ll be fun.

Explore your creativity

Letting your creative juices flow will refresh your brain and offer a respite from a life that may seem very dull and mundane right now. Redecorate the house with DIY hacks, paint, sketch, sing, write. Do whatever that challenges your mind to think out of the box.

Sleep

Staying at home all the time means that we go lax on our bedtime. Just
one more episode of that web-series, we tell ourselves, because why not.
There’s no hurry to get up early and thus we go to sleep late. but
these erratic sleeping patterns may affect our sleep cycle. So make sure
that you get enough sleep. Instead of staying up late, use this time to
catch up on your sleep and reduce your sleep debt.

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Student-specific CESB- Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

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Post-secondary students are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Many students were preparing to start a summer job in May, and are now
worried about how to pay rent and cover basic living expenses, while
recent graduates are struggling to find meaningful work. This is a
critical point in their lives, and we must do everything possible to
support their future.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. These measures include launching:

  • the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
  • the new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall. 

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The Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months. In addition, to help students continue their studies in the fall, the government will:

  • double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time
    students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in
    2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent
    Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing
    the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21, in
    recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for
    school this year.
  • enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum
    weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to
    $350.
  • increase existing distinctions-based support for First Nations,
    Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by
    providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21.
  • extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and
    postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research
    grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows, by providing
    $291.6 million to the federal granting councils. In addition, the
    government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students
    and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of
    Canada.

Taken together, these programs will not only help ensure more
students get the financial support they need, but the opportunities and
experience many students were counting on.

The government will continue to monitor and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. We are ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on Canadians.

Find the COVID-19 benefits and programs relevant to you

Need any help with applying for the student benefits or finding the programs that suit you? We are ready to help you anytime. Call us at 905-273-6788.

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Apply for Second Career – Get skills-training and financial support

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What Second Career gives you

You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • tuition
  • books
  • manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance (maximum $410 per week)
  • child care

How you qualify for Second Career

When you apply to Second Career, you have to show the costs to be covered during training.

You may have to pay part of these costs yourself. The amount you’ll have to pay is based on several things, starting with your gross (before tax) household income.

Applying to Second Career

To apply to Second Career, you’ll work with an employment services
agency, where people are trained to help you decide if this program is
right for you – and, if it is, to complete your application.

Find an agency in your community and make an appointment.

Staff at the agency will help you gather the information needed to support your application to Second Career.

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Meet with a counsellor

You can also request an appointment with an Employment Ontario counsellor.

A counsellor can help you find an employment services agency in your community and can answer any other questions you may have about Second Career.

Financial information

You must provide information about:

  • your income
  • your household income (e.g. spouse)
  • current expenses

School information

You must research at least three training institutions to make sure they offer the training you need. Make sure to include:

  • at least one college of applied arts and technology
  • at least one private career college

Find a college of applied arts or technology or private career college near you.

Job market information

You must show that the skills you want to get – and the work you want
to do – are needed by employers. This can be shown through:

  • job postings
  • news of future job opportunities (e.g. office expansion, new company)

Contact us to help with your application

If you have any questions or difficulties in applying for Second Career or preparing for the documents, we are ready to help you anytime. Please call us at (905)-273-6788 or Email min@aolmississauga.com.

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Application for EI – Start to Apply as Early as Possible

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What is EI (Employment Insurance)?

Employment Insurance (EI) provides regular benefits to individuals
who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to
shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and
able to work, but can’t find a job.

Always apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working. You can apply for benefits even if you have not yet received your Record of Employment (ROE). If you delay filing your claim for benefits for more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits.

Who are Eligible?

You may be entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits if you:

  • were employed in insurable employment;
  • lost your job through no fault of your own;
  • have been without work and without pay for at least seven consecutive days in the last 52 weeks;
  • have worked for the required number of insurable employment hours in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is shorter;
  • are ready, willing and capable of working each day;
  • are actively looking for work (you must keep a written record of employers you contact, including when you contacted them).

How much you could receive ?

For most people, the basic rate for calculating EI benefits is 55%
of your average insurable weekly earnings, up to a maximum amount. As
of January 1, 2020, the maximum yearly insurable earnings amount is
$54,200. This means that you can receive a maximum amount of $573 per
week.

What you need before you start

To complete the online EI application for EI regular benefits, you will need the following personal information:

  • your Social Insurance Number (SIN). If your SIN begins with a 9, you need to supply proof of your immigration status and work permit.
  • your mother’s maiden name.
  • your mailing and residential addresses, including the postal codes.
  • your complete banking information to sign up for direct deposit, including the financial institution name, bank branch number, and account number
  • names, addresses, dates of employment, and reason for separation for all your employers over the last 52 weeks
  • your detailed version of the facts (if you quit or have been dismissed from any job in the last 52 weeks)
  • the dates, Sunday to Saturday, and earnings for each of your highest paid weeks of insurable earnings Footnote 1 in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is the shorter period. This information will be used, along with your Record(s) of Employment, to calculate your benefit rate.

Start Applying

To find out if you are eligible to receive EI regular benefits, you must submit an application online. It will take about 60 minutes to complete the online application.

The website takes you step by step through the application
process, and provides detailed instructions on how to complete the form.

When you apply for Employment Insurance benefits, you will be asked for your email address. If Service Canada needs more information about your claim and cannot reach you by phone, a Service Canada agent will send you a toll-free number by email, asking you to call an agent.

Contact us to help with your application

If you have any questions or difficulties in applying for EI or preparing for the documents, we are ready to help you anytime. Please call us at (905)-273-6788 or Email min@aolmississauga.com.

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Tips to Improve Writing Score in IELTS and CAEL

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Most test takers struggle with achieving a band score of 7 in writing and 70 in CAEL. Various factors can be the cause of a lower band score in writing as compared to other modules in English language assessment. Factors like: Grammatical accuracy, range of vocabulary, organization of content and task achievement play a major role in your overall band score.

Here are some tips that you can follow to
improve your score in writing exam:

  • Task Achievement: This
    is what is often missed or misunderstood when it comes to writing an essay
    question in any English Language Assessment. Many candidates have a tendency to
    start writing without understanding or analysing the topic. They simply write whatever
    comes to their mind or whatever idea they have about the topic, without knowing
    and thinking of what’s been asked in the question.

Task achievement is as
important as are the other elements in an English exam. Achievement of a task
would mean covering all the elements like answering all the questions and
staying on topic and supporting your arguments with relevant examples. For
instance, if you have been asked to state different reasons for the
unemployment in the developing nations, you should be able to organise your
thoughts in a manner that you end up listing and outlining the various causes
for it and nothing supplementary.

  • Range of Sentences and Vocabulary: Merely using precise vocabulary and accurate sentences is not enough to get a high band score in writing. A candidate needs to showcase his/her ability to use a range of sentence structures and word bank. The more sophisticated vocabulary you use, more are the chances of you getting a band score above 7 or 70, whichever the case may be. Variety of sentences would include passive sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences and compound-complex sentences etc.

  • Organization of Content: The
    way you structure your ideas and content says a lot about your writing style. There
    is an undecided way of writing academically and it is the way you start your
    argument and develop it as you go forward. There has to be a continuous flow of
    ideas which can be generated by using various sentence types and connecting
    words.

  • Grammatical Accuracy: Last but not the least, is grammatical accuracy, this is something that can’t be overlooked. If you want to score good bands in writing then you have to make sure that your writing answer sheet is devoid of any grammatical errors which include the errors of subject-verb agreement, punctuation, noun-pronoun reference and wrong usage of forms of verb etc.

Lastly, do not forget to proof-read your answers.

Good Luck for your exam and contact us, if you need input on CAEL and IELTS. Please contact us at min@aolmississauga.com or call 905-273-6788 for more information.

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Free Resume Writing & LinkedIn Profile Writing Workshop

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About the Workshop

Academy of Learning College Mississauga is delighted to provide a free Resume Writing and Linkedin Profile Writing Workshop for those who are struggling to find a job in their field. The aim of this workshop is to help you with finding a job with the right Resume and Linkedin Profile.

What’s in for you?

This workshop will help you:

  • Write a compelling Resume that will maximize the application process and get you noticed
  • Learn critical resume tips and insights
  • Learn how to apply for jobs online with your personalized resume
  • Create a compelling headline on Linkedin
  • Showcase your expertise in the summary section
  • Differentiate yourself in the experience section
  • Leverage your LinkedIn profile using endorsements, recommendations, groups and more to grab clients’ and recruiters’ interest.

Venue

Academy of Learning College Mississauga Campus

1310 Dundas St E Unit #4, Mississauga

Date & Time

March 17, 3:00pm-5:00pm

March 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Cost

Free

Note

Please make a Registration or drop-in with your details at our location on the given timings.

Make the best of this opportunity and make a registration here today.

Any questions? Please call 905-273-6788.

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TOP 6 INTERVIEW TIPS FOR NEW COLLEGE GRADUATES

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For any recent college graduate, job interviews can be nerve-wracking, especially if you haven’t interviewed in a while. That’s especially true when you’re interviewing for a position in a new industry, competing with hundreds of candidates who’re in the same or similar situation as you.

Despite of the challenges, the more you prepare – by practicing your interview skills, researching the company, being able to show why you’re qualified, and by following up after the interview – the better chance you’ll get at securing a job offer! Now let’s take a look at some useful tips for acing an interview for college graduates!

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Research The Company in Depth

The employer will expect you to know quite a bit about the company you’re interviewing for. Prior to your interview, check the company’s web site and social media pages, learn about its values and visions, scroll through its latest projects, and think about what you can do to better their products and services. You can dig even deeper by talking to a current or previous employee of the company and conduct informative interviews with them beforehand.

Customize Your Answers for Common Questions

There are some typical questions that are being asked at almost every job interview, such as “Tell me about yourself.” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” “Tell me about your greatest accomplishments.” “Why do you want this job?” “Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?” You can find sample answers to these questions online. Read how others answer these questions, and plan your own answers according to your situation.

 

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Prepare 5-7 Sample Stories

Scenario questions such as “tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a coworker and how did you handle it” or “Share with us a time when you made a mistake and how did you resolve it” are a must in job interviews. Make sure to prepare some examples beforehand. Start with the situation by describing the context and problem. Then explain what you did to improve the situation and describe the results in quantifiable terms. This demonstrates that you understand the importance and the impact of your personal contributions. With these stories prepared in advance, you can adapt them to various scenarios.

Show Your Eagerness to Learn

Some of the attributes that employers look for in candidates are curiosity, eagerness to learn, as well as the ability to quickly adapt to new environment and pick up new tools. Aa a new graduate, you may not have loads of past experience relevant to your new position, but your learning ability is gold. Show your future employers that you are a fast learner (this can be demonstrated through scenarios), and that you are excited to face new challenges and opportunities in a new industry.

Pay Attention to Your Body Language

During the interview, watch your body language as your poses and gestures can reveal your personality. Shake hands firmly, make eye contact as you articulate your points, avoid fiddling, and sit up straight. If you are super nervous and don’t know how to act, remember, smile is your best weapon. Smiling isn’t hard to do during interviews, and it shows confidence and amiability, which is a huge necessity in workplaces.

Develop Intelligent Questions

Towards the end of your job interviews, you’ll be asked whether you have any questions for the interviewer. Don’t just say “I’m good” or “I don’t have any questions”. Asking questions demonstrates your level of interest in the job; it is also a great chance to show your knowledge of the industry as well as your eagerness to learn and contribute. Develop 3-5 questions ahead of time, and jot them down to memorize before your interview.

As the largest career college in Canada, we attributes the growth in our success to identifying the gap between the formal education available and the realities of the working world. We fulfill the needs of learners by developing customized programs for each student, while meeting the requirements for convenient and effective training at an affordable cost. Browse our program list by province and find the best program that suits your needs!

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Free Newcomer Info Session – Benefit, Tax, Govt Grant,Employment and more

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Free Information sessions for newcomers to learn about Benefit, Tax, Govt Grant,Employment and much more! Free pizzas and drinks!

About this Event

Academy of Learning College Mississauga Campus would like to invite newcomers to our campus for 4 free information sessions to help them settle down in Canada. Our guest speakers will present valuable information on Benefits for New Immigrants, such as Tax Preparation, Government Grants, Childcare Options, Employment Information and much more! Participants will also have the opportunity to network with recruiters and get employment information. Free pizza, cupcakes, drinks and free gifts will be provided for everyone who attend the session.

Guest Speaker Topics

• Tax Preparation and CRA documentation

• Various government grants

• Subsidized childcare options

• Network with recruiters and HR professionals

• How to apply for Second Career

• Canadian Social Customs and Etiquette

• Money Saving Ideas

Who is the Information Session for?

This event is geared towards newcomers to Canada. Every newcomer is welcome.

What will you get from the info session?

• Benefits for new immigrants – Tax Preparation, Government Grants, Childcare Options and much more

• Canadian culture

• Networking opportunity and employment information

• Free snacks – pizzas, cupcakes, drinks and more!

• Free gifts

• Grand lucky draw in April

Event Date

We have four free info sessions scheduled for the following dates

• 2nd March 2020 – 2 pm

• 9th March 2020 – 2 pm

• 20th March 2020 – 5 pm

• 27th March 2020 – 5 pm

Venue

All of our info sessions will be held at our Academy of Learning Mississauga Campus.

1310 Dundas St. East, Unit# 4

Mississauga, ON L4Y2C1

Note

Space is limited to ensure the quality of information sessions. Please register in advance to secure your place. For more information, please contact us at min@aolmississauga.com or call us at 905-273-6788.

Register here

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