Please note:

​This program is no longer accepting new applicants. If you are currently enrolled in the program, please contact an OntarioLearn team member about plans for completion.

About the program

This program is designed to enhance the learner's skills and knowledge with practical, how-to instruction on how to best navigate the many social programs and other regularly-encountered issues of everyday life that impact those who are marginalized and/or live in poverty in our community. The program provides training in advocacy techniques, reviews of current legislation, relevant procedures, bureaucratic systems, appeal tribunals, and other topics necessary to a hands-on understanding of the course subject matter.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 7 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of admission requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Describe specific legislation that governs various social programs currently available in the community
  • Apply advocacy techniques in resolving social welfare issues through the use of cases and scenarios
  • Describe the ways community advocates can provide assistance to members of the community

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming registrations

Mark your calendar with our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Spring registration: Opens March 11, 2024
Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024