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What is ONFE?

The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) works with education, business, government and community partners to develop programs that enrich public education in Ottawa. ONFE (originally the Ottawa-Carleton Learning Foundation) has launched over 40 innovative programs since its inception in 1985. Our programs harness the resources of the Ottawa community to help students succeed in a rapidly changing world. We also act as a catalyst for discussion and collaborative action around local education issues.

We provide:

A forum for discussion and a vehicle for collaborative action

ONFE is the only organization in Ottawa that brings together all the local school boards and post-secondary institutions along with business leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest, including talent development and employment. Dialogue is the first step - then we put ideas into action. ONFE has played a lead role in developing over forty innovative education programs since its inception in 1987.

Programs and resources for students who require additional support

ONFE facilitates many community partnerships to help support both the academic and the non-academic needs of students so each child has the opportunity to succeed. For example:

  • ONFE’s School Breakfast program helps over 11,000 children in our community start each day at school ready to learn with a healthy breakfast.
  • Through the Ottawa Volunteers in Education program, some 122,226 hours of volunteer time is donated to support students in over 181 local schools annually.

Support for the effective integration of learning technologies

Our Assistive Technology Support initiative offers a suite of online videos and resources to help students, parents and teachers learn about specialized tools to support reading, writing and other learning tasks. ONFE also trains volunteers to help students master these software applications. ONFE’s Tech Coaches program is another example of how we help educators reap the full benefits of new technologies to enhance learning.

Career exploration and experiential learning opportunities

Workplace connections and first-hand experience with real world problems are important to help students explore career options and make informed choices. ONFE helps to develop partnerships between schools and employers to offer innovative career-related learning opportunities.

Capacity building, support and recognition for educators

Public education institutions strive to support the academic, physical, social and emotional development of all students. It is a tall order. ONFE facilitates professional development and other initiatives that strengthen the capacity of schools to support the diverse needs of students.

Because we recognize the tremendous impact that creative and dedicated educators have on our students, ONFE created the Capital Educators’ Awards. We receive hundreds of nominations annually to honour exceptional educators from local schools, colleges and universities at our EduGala event.

If you're interested in supporting education in Ottawa, talk to us and find out what we can do together!