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The HWDSB Welcome Centre welcomes hundreds of new students every year, whether they are new to Canada or new to the Ontario public school system. It supports students and families with their transition to Hamilton, Ontario, as students begin their new school experience at HWDSB.

The Welcome Centre’s Admissions Office and assessment staff work together to provide services that make starting school a smooth process. The Welcome Centre also supports adult students with initial assessments as they resume their studies towards achieving their Ontario High School Diploma.

Our Services:




July and August: short Summer hours are in effect.

September 1 to June 30: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HWDSB Welcome Centre (located in the Hill Park Learning Centre). Map
465 East 16th Street, Second floor, Hamilton, Ontario, L9A 4K6
Phone: 905-521-2554. Fax: 905-521-2550


Admissions for International and Exchange Students

The Admissions Office oversees the admission of all International and Exchange students by:

  • Helping aid a smooth registration process for students.
  • Reviewing documentation for VISA and Exchange students.
  • Reviewing documentation for school-aged children of parents who have applied for permanent residence in Canada.
  • Providing letters of acceptance to VISA student applicants.
  • Find out more about Admissions.
  • Find out more about the International Student Program.

English as a Second Language Assessments for Newcomers

  • This service is required for all students entering grades 1 to 12 who meet specific criteria.
  • The assessment identifies appropriate levels of language and literacy of the student.
  • A report is sent to the school that recommends program adaptations, instructional interventions and strategies.
  • Find out more about English as a Second Language Assessments.

Prior Learning Equivalent Credits

Students transferring to HWDSB from secondary schools outside of Ontario may be eligible for Prior Learning Equivalent Credits. These students must be transferring from:

  • Outside of Ontario including other Countries
  • Non-inspected private schools
  • Home-schooling environments

Supporting Families from Ukraine

Updated on Thursday, April 11, 2024.
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