About online School

Online School, also known as e-School, offers secondary students an opportunity to take courses that are delivered entirely using the internet and do not require students to be physically present in the classroom, where classes are taught virtually when in-person learning is not possible (for example, on snow days or during other interruptions or emergencies ).

OSSD Online Learning


Benefits for students

Flexibility: With online learning credits, students have the flexibility to work on their coursework on their own time and at their own pace. This means that students can access their course materials and complete their assignments from anywhere with an internet connection, and fit their studies around their work and family commitments.

Accessibility: Online learning credits allow students in remote or rural areas to access a wide range of courses that may not be available to them locally. This is especially important in a large province like Ontario, where some students may live in areas with limited access to educational opportunities.

Personalization: Online learning credits allow for greater personalization of learning. Students can choose from a range of courses that suit their interests and abilities, and work at a pace that is appropriate for them. They can also receive additional support and resources as needed to help them succeed.

Technology: Online learning credits use technology to provide an engaging and interactive learning experience. This can include multimedia elements like videos, interactive quizzes, and other online tools that can make learning more interesting and effective.

Future-readiness: Online learning credits can help prepare students for the future of work, which is increasingly digital and remote. By gaining experience in online learning and digital tools, students can become more comfortable with the technology that is likely to play an important role in their future careers.

Online learning graduation requirement

Beginning with students who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year, all students must earn at least two online learning credits as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), unless they have opted out or been exempted.

This online learning requirement also applies to adult learners entering the Ontario secondary school system starting in 2023-24 school year.


In summary, the trend towards online learning credits in Ontario is driven by the benefits of flexibility, accessibility, personalization, technology, and future-readiness. These factors are making online learning credits an increasingly popular choice for students across the province.