Labour Update: All WCDSB Schools are OPEN – Monday October 7

As a result of the agreement reached between the government of Ontario, the Trustees’ Associations and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), all Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools including St. Louis will be OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019 – and all programs and services will continue running on their regular schedules.

Labour Updates

Important Message: Possible CUPE Strike and St. Louis


October 4, 2019

Dear St. Louis Students, Parents and Guardians and Community Partners

Wednesday morning, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board received notice that a full Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) strike may commence on Monday October 7th, if an agreement is not reached this weekend.  If the strike proceeds, this will mean CUPE members will not report to work.  Our CUPE staff here at St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres are incredible Administrative Assistants who support all programs in our Kitchener Main campus office, Secondary School Credit and Guidance offices, ESL/LINC sites, Core Essentials, Culinary Arts, Hairstyling & PSW programs and our various satellite campuses.  They do extraordinary work to support all students to be successful and the work of all our teachers, instructors and managers.

As a follow-up to the October 2nd news of a possible CUPE strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools may be closed.  These schools mentioned would be all the Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Catholic Board and not the Public Board. St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres are proud to be part of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. The exception to the WCDSB school closures is St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres.

All programs at all St. Louis locations will remain open in the event of a strike next week.

Classes will be running daytime, evening and Saturday as per our usual schedule, but it will not be ‘business as usual’.

At this time there will be no new student registrations for:

  • Term 2 Secondary School Credit,
  • Correspondence; and
  • English Language classes (ESL and LINC programs)

Guests and partners will have their campus visits and services rescheduled until after labour disruptions are resolved.

St. Louis students who are also parents of children who attend our Catholic Elementary and Catholic Secondary Schools are advised to arrange alternate care for their children.

As labour negotiations continue, we ask everyone to please check the St. Louis website over the weekend for updates. This will be your most important resource to get the most up to date information regarding St. Louis programming. Alternatively, you can visit StLouisALC on Facebook or follow @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter. For information regarding  possible school closures of Catholic Elementary & Catholic Secondary schools next week please refer to

We are all hopeful for a satisfactory resolution to the negotiations in the days ahead.

Quick Facts:

  • St. Louis supports approximately 3000 learners at one time (ages 6 months to over 70 years old) meeting the continuing education needs of over 12 000 students annually.
  • St. Louis is funded by various ministries (the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services; the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada; and the Ministry of Education)

Power Outage – St. Benedict Campus


St. Benedict’s campus is closed today.

The school is closed TODAY, Oct 2 due to hydro issues.

No Core Essentials or ESL classes in Cambridge today.

Addressing the PSW shortage through excellent training

In April 2018, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) released a report capturing how we will address the shortage of Personal Support Workers in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

The WWLHIN Report

The 2018 report states that “The WWLHIN is working hard to address the shortage for Waterloo Wellington. The obstacles surrounding the issue are complex and will take time to resolve, however, strategies are under development to rectify the issue for both the short and long term.” And St. Louis Personal Support Worker Program Manager, Tammy Cantin has heard first-hand from numerous care partners who have responded to this report with action. Some organizations have created incentive options for prospective PSW students and graduates, which could include the offer of subsidized training, cost of living, child care and partnering with PSW educational providers.

By partnering with St. Louis’ PSW program,  many long-term care and community care partnerships have emerged or been strengthened by our own school’s commitment to addressing the critical shortage of PSW’s in the Region and across the province. St. Louis is committed to training the best PSW’s possible, so that their training will take them to being sustainable members of the health care workforce.

St. Louis Certifying PSW’s

St. Louis breaks down the barriers to becoming a certified PSW by:

  • Delivering Quality education and hands-on training – meeting standards by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Blending secondary school credit curriculum with PSW certification expectations and real work experience.
  • Supporting job-readiness – intensive lab instruction and significant community and long-term care placements builds a more confident PSW and sustainable employee. Employers hire 98% of St. Louis PSW’s within the first month of course completion.
  • Making the PSW program affordable – tuition is paid for by the Ministry of Education. Additional certificates, learning materials and uniform costs $1300 for the program.  Other costs include appropriate footwear and First Aid / CPR (required before beginning the program).  Community supports, financial assistance and child care services are available onsite at Kitchener Campus.
  • St. Louis PSW Program is available in Kitchener and Cambridge, full-time, part-time, days and evenings with both September and February start dates. Visit webpage for details: PSW Certificate

Start this September!

All classes in Kitchener are FULL for September and we are accepting applicants for February, 2020.

Some space available at our Cambridge location in partnership with peopleCare, Hilltop Manor.

Cambridge PSW class – starts September 25

Part-time, Tues, Wed and Thurs, 8:30am-3:30pm

Last chance to register:

Monday, September 16


150 Main Street, Cambridge

Region of Waterloo Building

Rm 172

(next to main reception area)

Back to School – Around the Corner!

Are you over 18 and ready to go back to school?

If you are looking for:

  • Credit courses to finish high school or get ready for college and university.
  • Credit preparation.  Have you been out of school for a while?
  • Skills training toward employment. Are you a better hands-on learner or ready for a career change?
  • Classes to improve English for newcomers, refugees or citizens. For a better life in Canada, better English language skills are needed.
  • Support for your children’s learning.

St. Louis has opportunities for you!

Registration begins Aug 27!

Visit our website to find the program you are looking for.

Then come in to register at several locations through Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge


Summer School is Sizzling!

Going to summer school doesn’t sound cool.

That’s because it’s not.

It’s sizzling!


At St. Louis Adult and Continuing Education, we don’t slow down for the summer.  In fact, we are seeing remarkable attendance for summer programs this year!

What’s happening this Summer?

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board and St. Louis oversee 10 summer programs held in July and August.  Programs are offered at all 5 Catholic High schools, 3 Catholic Elementary schools and 2 St. Louis campuses at the heart of the downtown Kitchener community.  “We haven’t seen such large overall numbers of registrants and participants for Summer School since 2008. Credit Day classes, International Languages, ESL and HeadStart registrations have reached new heights. E-learning credit classes have skyrocketed. Summer Boost is back. And the new credit class, “Bridge to Success” for new Grade 9 students has tripled from last year.”, says St. Louis Principal, Paul Cox.

The WCDSB is thankful to have strong leaders and talented instructional staff. They are willing to make summer learning for children and adults relevant and supportive, helping them toward a successful learning journey.   Children’s programs offer fun summer learning experiences to be better students overall. Some youth and adult students rely on having the summer to complete their high school diploma or meet a condition of acceptance into post-secondary.  Some high school students want to free up their timetable for a heavy Fall term by taking an E-learning or summer co-op.  Refugees from the past couple of years are relying on taking ESL and Citizenship preparation classes as a critical next step toward their continued status in Canada.

Can You Still Register?

Registration is closed for all children’s and secondary school credit-bearing programs.

However, registration is ongoing for Summer English Language (Aug 8) and Citizenship Preparation classes (July 26).  Visit 77 Young Street for ESL registration, mornings only.

See you next Fall!

Whether you are attending summer school, sending your kids to camp, picking up a long overdue hobby or working through a summer reading list, know that at St. Louis, we believe that all of us crave “life-long learning”, inside and outside of the classroom.

Wishing everyone a safe and educational summer!  See you August 26 and 27 to register for St. Louis September programs!

Visit July 12 for details.



Register NOW for Summer or September classes

The ESL office will be open the following hours at St. Mary’s only until August 8th:

8:15 AM – 12:15 PM Mon – Fri (not open July 1st or 2nd)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM June 25, 26, July 2, 3, 8, 10.

Check the St. Louis website for September class registration hours and locations at the end of August.

Looking for sustainable work in the service industry?

Last chance to register in June for Certificate Programs that start September.  Spend 6 months in-class with intensive hands-on training, earn 6-8 elective credits, apply this learning during a 2-month work placement, find guaranteed work for successful students.


What are you waiting for?

The remaining intake or registration times for St. Louis’ three school-to-work programs starting in September are:  


Personal Support Worker Training

Monday, June 3, 9:00am

at 80 Young Street, Kitchener (for either Kitchener or Cambridge programs)

Tuesday, June 11, 6:00pm

at 42 Elliott St., Cambridge (PeopleCare, Hilltop Manor) (for either Kitchener or Cambridge programs)

Hairstyling/ Barber Training

Friday, June 7, 9:00am

at 80 Young Street, Kitchener (Kitchener program)


Culinary Arts Training

Wednesday, June 12, 9:00am

at 80 Young Street, Kitchener (Kitchener program)

We’ve got SKILLS… training!

During the first week of May, we expect students to line up to register for our three skills training programs – Culinary Arts, Hairstyling / Barber and Personal Support Worker training programs. If you are looking for a quality, affordable and job-ready skills training option to earn one of these certificates, St. Louis can support you toward reaching this goal.


Each program has less than 6 months of in-class learning, which includes extensive hands-on learning, plus industry experience at an affordable $1300 for materials fees.  Tuition is covered by the Ministry of Education, as secondary school credits are embedded into the industry-relevant training.


Employment success is remarkable, after completing these certificate programs. Culinary Arts has an 80% employment rate, and often at the food service venue of their choosing. Hairstyling has an 85% employment rate with every student successfully passing exemption exams, so they can begin their apprenticeship sooner. And St. Louis PSW has an astounding 98% employment rate with numerous employers actively hiring students to begin immediately after their placements are finished.  PSW students write their exams and already have their letters of permission to begin work that same day.


Are you ready to make a career change!

May Intake / Registration dates for a September 2019 Start


Culinary Arts:

  • Friday, May 3, 2019 , 9:00am (Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St.)

Hairstyling / Barbering:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:00pm (Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St.)

Personal Support Worker:

  • Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:00am (Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St.)
  • Monday, May 13, 2019, 9:00am (Hilltop Manor, 42 Elliott St. Cambridge)


For more information: visit , call 519-745-1201, email