Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual Wellness

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The ability to:

  • open yourself to new ideas and perspectives.

  • actively seek out personal growth by learning new skills.

  • applying new skills and knowledge into our lives.

An intellectually healthy person openly seeks out mental stimulation and growth.  As you develop your curiosity you will build your confidence and understanding of the world around you as well as yourself.



Wellness menu


Hamilton Literacy Council

  • Offer free one-to-one tutoring and small group classes to English-speaking adults who want to improve their basic reading, writing, math and computer skills. Student goals include employment, further education and increased independence.

  • This is a really great free resource to build confidence and independence.

Call 905-529-9907 to inquire.


ABEA – Adult Basic Education Association: Hamilton’s Connection to Lifelong Learning

  • The central referring agency in Hamilton for adult education and upgrading. They will connect you to the several adult literacy/learning services in Hamilton: Hamilton Literacy Council, St. Charles Education Centres, Community and Continuing Education, Mohawk College, Deafblind Literacy Program, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (Native Learning Centre), College Boreal.

  • If on Ontario Works or ODSP, you could have access to funding for a complete educational assessment toward your employment goals to assess what you would need to upgrade to succeed. Contact your worker to inquire about this funding.

Call 905-527-2222 for more information.

City School by Mohawk College

A community-based initiative that aims to break down barriers to education and employment.

  • Offering opportunities at two locations (Eva Rothwell Centre and Central Hamilton Public Library) to community members to “try college for free”. There is free access to credit courses, learning labs, speaker series, employment services, youth program and more.

  • City School was just granted $1.6M (August 2016) to help students learn for free. They will be offering mobile college services in the community.

Call City School at the Eva Rothwell Centre at 905-526-1558 ext. 416 or email to inquire.

Hamilton Public Library

  • Free library cards allow you access to books and other library resources, such as DVDs, CDs, comics etc.

  • Free online access to music downloads (Freegal Music), language learning software (Mango Languages), technology tutorials (, French/English ebooks, kids ebooks (Tumblebooks), (Hoopla) movies & TV, newspapers (Press Display News), magazines (Zinio), Consumer Reports, Genealogy, Encyclopedias, Scotts Directories, Career Cruising, and more.
  • All locations have many free programs where you can learn everything from knitting to computer skills.

  • You can access a computer for free at any library branch.

  • They also have free family museum passes that you can borrow, which provide access to the various city owned museums and historical sites in Hamilton.

Visit your local branch for more information.

Newcomer Learning Centre

  • Gain free access to books, CDs, DVDs to help improve English skills like pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading, writing and preparation materials for English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS.

Learn about English conversation circles for opportunity to gather and practice with peers at various library locations throughout the city here.

Visit the Central Library, 4th floor on Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m./Tues, Thurs 9:00a.m.-8:00p.m.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

  • Access to one-on-one tutoring for English practice (2x/wk, 4hrs total) to practice what English skills you want to focus on and meet your tutor at any library location.
  • Individuals must be 18yrs+ and a Permanent Resident or Protected Person to join.

Call YMCA Settlement Services at 905-526-8452 or click here to make an appointment for a LINC assessment.

English for Seniors

  • Learn English, practice listening and pronouncing words with other seniors 55yrs+ in small class format of no more than 15 students. Learn the words you need to function in daily activities and living.
  • Classes are held in the Learning Centre, Central Library, 4th floor on Tues, Wed, Thurs 9:30-11:30a.m. Extra help is available on Mon 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Individuals must be 55yrs+, a level 1 or 2 Canadian Language Benchmark and a Permanent Resident or Protected Person to join.

For more information, please call the Learning Centre at 905 546-3444 or email

Central Makerspace - Hamilton Public Library, 4th Floor

  • Digital Media Labs / Video Studio / Sound Studio
  • Book appointment online for access to state-of-the-art equipment (3D printers, iMac computers, vinyl printers and cutters, VHS converters, sound and video) and software (Adobe Suite, etc.).
  • There are also scheduled Digital Media classes throughout the year.

Call 905-546-3200 x3406 or click here for more information.

McMaster University - Arts & Science

Discovery Program

  • A free, university-level, non-credit course offered to adults living in Hamilton who experience barriers to accessing higher learning opportunities.
  • Classes run every Saturday from September to December each year.
  • The 2016 course is called "Diversity and Resilience: Human Differences and our Ability to Overcome Challenges".

Contact Patrick Byrne, the program's coordinator, at 905-525-9140 ext. 24066 or at for more information about or applying to the program.

North Hamilton Community Health Centre / Eva Rothwell Resource Centre / Mission Services (Wentworth North)

The Pathways to Education Program

  • The Four Pillars of support provided in the Pathways program are: academic support through tutoring in core subjects, social support through group and career mentoring by positive adult volunteers, financial support through post-secondary scholarships and bus tickets/food vouchers, and counselling and personal support from a Pathways Coach.
  • All students grades 9-12 in the catchment area of Keith and Bennetto areas (Queen N - Sherman N/Barton to shore) & grade 9 in the newly added Gibson & Lansdale area are eligible to enroll in this innovative program and access these supports, regardless of academic performance or economic circumstance. 
  • Access to the supports of Pathways is designed to help students finish their high school and thrive.

Contact 905-523-6719 or for more information or to enrol.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

Strengthening Hamilton Aboriginal Education (SHAE) / Aboriginal Alternative Secondary School (AASP)

  • An alternative education program for Aboriginal youth not currently attending secondary school but wishing to continue their education, in a culturally appropriate learning environment to shorten the gap of dropout rates within the mainstream school system.

Literacy Basic Skills - Native Learning Centre

  • Adults participate in the Native traditional learning session engaging in skill development in areas of reading, writing, basic math and life skills. Gain valuable skills to thrive.

Call 905-548-9593 for more information on SHAE, AASP or Literacy Basic Skills.

Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre (N2N)

Education Support

  • Services provided in partnership with HWDSB/HWCDSB and McMaster School of Nursing.
  • N2N Jack Parent Tutoring Program for grades 1-3 at select schools on Hamilton mountain helps children with a reading level below grade level to improve their literacy and confidence through one-on-one interaction. Provided during the school day, tutors work with 4-5 students one-on-one for 20-30 minutes and are seen 2-3 times per week.
  • N2N Math Success Program is for grade 7 & 8 students from Westview and Anunciation of our Lord Schools helps youth improve their math skills, build proficiency and self-confidence.

Contact 905-574-1334 for more information to see if you are eligible and how to access.


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