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About ERGO


Who We Are


ERGO is a provincial subject association dedicated to promoting the best educational practices for multilingual learners, including English language learners (ELLs) from Kindergarten to Grade 12. 


As an organization of ESL/ELD coordinators, consultants, instructional resource teachers, and board designates, ERGO members meet throughout the year to advocate for equitable educational opportunities for ELLs, both at the local and Ministry of Education levels. ERGO members also share and develop resources, and build member capacity through networking and professional learning.


For information on how we are organized, see ERGO's Constitution.


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What We Do


  • Advocating for multilingual learners to ensure they have equitable access to quality education programs.

  • Providing leadership in the development of Ministry of Education policy and resource documents related to multilingual learners.

  • Supporting the implementation of elementary and secondary programs by developing and sharing resources.

  • Contributing and responding to provincial and federal issues related to multilingual learners.

  • Providing a forum for discussions about issues, initiatives, and research.

  • Providing a provincial network for communication between boards and other educational organizations.


ERGO has responded to and provided feedback on the following issues and documents in past years:


  • Teacher training to address the changing cultural and linguistic diversity of Ontario

  • Provincial Report Cards

  • Initial assessment of multilingual learners

  • The STEP Resources (Steps to English Proficiency) 

  • Supporting multilingual learners with Special Education needs

  • The ESL/ELD funding model

  • Secondary ESL/ELD policy and programming recommendation

  • EQAO assessments

  • Ministry curriculum documents

  • Post-secondary student needs




School Boards represented by ERGO/ORNG are linked in the list below:



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We're always looking for Ontario educators to share what they are doing to support multilingual learners.  Email [email protected] if you would like to share as an Ontario educator.