The ILC story
ILC is the chosen distance learning partner of the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the largest online high school in the province.
ILC is managed by TVO, the provincial educational communications authority.
In operation for more than 90 years, ILC made the transition to an online presence in 2002. Using the latest software and internet-based delivery techniques, students from across Canada and around the world can now access our entire curriculum and team of educators with the click of a mouse.
In 2007, ILC won the Canadian New Media Award for Excellence in Education.
TVO ILC history
Ontario’s Department of Education establishes the Correspondence Courses program to provide elementary education for children living in isolated areas of northern Ontario. First-year enrollment: 75 students. The Ontario government also rolls out the Railway School Car Program the same year, bringing teachers and classrooms on wheels to rural communities along the railway lines. Initially designed for children, the railway classrooms quickly expand to include English instruction for newcomer adults.
The Correspondence Courses program expands to offer a complete high-school curriculum, in what will later become known as the Independent Learning Centre (ILC). Adults, attracted by the flexible nature of the program, enroll in growing numbers, eventually forming the largest client group of ILC. The Railway School Car Program, meanwhile, gradually becomes obsolete as Ontario’s economy and education structure evolves.
The Correspondence Education section of the Educational Technology Development Division, Ministry of Education which ran the Correspondence Courses program was officially renamed Independent Learning Centre (ILC). Throughout the ‘80’s ILC had offices in two separate locations before merging into one centralized office in Toronto in the early 90’s.
Ontario Ministry of Education transfers management of ILC to TVO, with the mandate to enhance and expand distance education in Ontario and beyond provincial and national borders.
ILC wins the Canadian New Media Award for Excellence in Education.
ILC.org becomes a technology-rich hub for students from around the world, offering everything from enrollment to enriched online resources to more than 22,000 learners of all ages and from all walks of life.