The Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network (SMLN) is your information source about essential skills training and academic upgrading for adults in Simcoe County and Muskoka.

Literacy skills are skills necessary to function as a contributing member of the community.  These skills include everything from reading and writing to math to participating in society.

Essential Skills are the skills people need for work, learning and life.  They include literacy and are the basis for learning all other skills.

Each year in Ontario, about 50,000 people decide to upgrade their skills for work, further training, and life.

Not sure where to start?  Contact us for information.

~~ Your Gateway to Essential Skills for Work, Learning and Life~~

WE ARE MOVING!!         As of October 1, 2021 our new phone number is 705-723-1011.         As of October 4, 2021 our new address is   #22 - 18 Alliance Blvd, Barrie, ON   L4M 5A5


Response to COVID19 Pandemic

Our office is closed to the public, but SMLN continues to provide services remotely.  Please contact us by phone or e-mail.

All upgrading programs are delivering courses and other learning activities by distance, either on-line or by mail.  Community-based agencies are also offering in-person services, following COVID-19 safety guidelines.

New students are welcome.  Please call or e-mail your service provider to keep up to date.


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Ontario’s employment and training network

 This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and

the Government of Ontario  and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.