Online Courses

Rideau Lakes Public Library has partnered with Contact North to make online learning courses available at your local library. Through Contact North you can access thousands of courses at all skill levels. We offer computer workstations at all branches and a quiet work environment for study.

What is Contact North? 

Contact North | Contact Nord works in partnership with Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and over 250 public essential skills and training providers to increase and improve online and distance learning opportunities for Ontarians in over 600 small, rural, remote, Aboriginal and Francophone communities across the province.

Schulick webinar series: SHAPING THE POSTPANDEMIC WORLD – Launched by the Schulich School of Business, this free webinar series draws lessons from the COVID-19 experience in order to help shape the post-pandemic world. All webinars take place at 1:00 p.m. EST. Click here for the webinars and dates. 

Attend a PARO BUSINESS WORKSHOP in May – From training and business coaching, to networking events and peer lending circles, all of their innovative programs and services are designed to increase the self-sufficiency and success of women, families and communities in the North. Click here for the webinars and dates. 

Free online – MINI-COURSES Lambton College is offering 23 general interest mini-courses, free! Click here to see some of the available courses.

Learn how to be YOUR OWN BOSS – It takes more than a single great idea to become a successful entrepreneur. This self-directed Entrepreneurship course is part of the Be Your Own Boss series offered by McMaster University’s Continuing Education.  Click here for more information.


The Contact North staff are in home offices across Ontario and available by phone, e-mail, Zoom, text messaging and Facebook Messenger to help with your online learning needs. Contact Barb at 613-363-7430 or e-mail to find out how to learn from the comfort of your home.

It is a good time to focus on something else besides the news.   We have access to hundreds of free online courses and our online high schools also continue to accept registrations.  Colleges offering online programs are preparing for Fall registrations.”

Learn a new language for free. There are 70 languages to choose from,  24/7 access and no deadlines, click here for more details (PDF)

Examples of courses and skills development:

  • Computer use essential skills
  • Literacy
  • Diabetes and diet
  • Introduction to WHMIS
  • Introduction to Food Safety
  • Introduction to Smart Serve
  • Be your own Boss
  • Customer Service
  • High school and GED
  • Office administration

**Many literacy, basic skills and GED courses are available free of charge.

If you would like more information or are looking to register, contact toll free:

855-353-2642 or email