The Ottawa Japanese Language School caters to students, who wish to learn or improve their Japanese, of all skill levels from beginners through to advanced, and all ages from kindergarten students through to adults.

Summer Classes for 2018

Summer classes will be available in 2018 if at least 10 students register for each class.
Due to limited space, only two courses are offered:
1. Beginner-level course
2. Intermediate-level course

Summer classes are adult-level, and the student is assessed at registration to ensure proper placement. The registration fee is $130.00, payable by cash, cheque (post dated to June 1), Interac or credit card, with a completed registration form.  

Classes are held for 8 weeks from June 2 to July 28, every Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, at the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre. The OJCC is located at Unit B16 - 2285 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON. Please visit for more details about the OJCC.

Registration for summer classes will be held on May 5 and 12, between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, at the same location as the regular classes.
École Publique Le Trillium, 307 Montgomery Street, Ottawa.

A belated heartfelt congratulation to Raphaël Rivière

OJLS is proud to recognize OJLS Beginner 1 student, Raphaël Rivière for his electrifying 1st place victory at the 28th National Japanese Speech Contest, held at the University of British Columbia on March 18, 2017.

Find contest details here: Canada National Japanese Speech Contest

2016 - 2017 Scholarship

OJLS is very pleased to announce that the Otto's Subaru Scholarship 2016 - 2017 was awarded to Katie Lu at the Year End Ceremony on May 27, 2017. Otto's Subary has also confirmed its renewal of the scholarship grant to an outstanding student for the coming year 2017 - 2018. We kindly thank Otto's Subaru of Ottawa for their continued support of Japanese culture and language learning.

Otto's Subaru logo

Congratulations to Raphaël Rivière, Meghan Gover and Omar Akhtar!

Raphaël Rivière , OJLS Beginner 1 student , is the 1st prize winner of Beginner’s Level at the 28th Japanese Language Speech Contest in Ottawa, that took place last February 18, 2017 at the Embassy of Japan. Meghan Gover and Omar Akhtar, who are also OJLS students, are the second and third place winners of Beginner’s Level as well. Find contest details here:

Open Positions at the OJLS

OJLS is currently seeking a volunteer Treasurer and a Bookkeeper who will be paid an honoraria. Please see the Job Descriptions for Treasurer and Bookkeeper. Generally the Treasurer is a member of the school or a parent / guardian, but the Bookkeeper position is open to the general public.

Applicants may use the contact form to apply, send an email, or inquire at the office during school hours on Saturday mornings.

OJLS Celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

We are delighted to announce that, throughout 2016, the Ottawa Japanese Language School (OJLS) will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary. As part of the activities and festivities, we greatly thank all students who submitted designs for the 40th Anniversary Logo Contest last winter. The organizing Committee has selected the below proposal by Christopher Cooper, student at Adult Beginner 1 level, to represent all activities marking this year’s celebrations. He will be receiving a one-semester scholarship for the OJLS’ fall semester. Congratulations Christopher!

OJLSs 40th anniversary logo

2014 - 2015 Scholarship Winner

OJLS is very pleased to announce that Otto's Subaru of Ottawa has kindly agreed to sponsor the OJLS Scholarship again for this school year. The Otto's Subaru Scholarship was awarded to Brooklyn Ricketts at the Year-End Program on May 30, 2015. Thank you to Otto's Subaru for their generosity!

OJLS donates $10,000 to the Earthquake Relief Fund

On April 20th 2011 at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa, Ambassador Ichikawa received from OJLS a cheque for $10,000 for the Earthquake Relief Fund, presented by Tim Folkins (Chairperson), Kazuko Kobayashi (Principal), Yoko Mongeon (Vice-Principal) and Mike Haag (Treasurer). Many thanks to all those members and friends of the school that donated!

Aside from collecting donations,“Senbazuru” (one thousand origami cranes) with messages written on the wings were prepared for one of the elementary schools in the severely affected areas.

Originally the OJLS board had decided to donate $1000 directly and to match a further $2000 dollar-for-dollar for donations from students. In light of the generous total of $5,885.79 collected, the board voted to round-up the school's matching contribution to $3,114,21 in order to make the total donation to the Tohoku-Pacific earthquake relief efforts $10,000.

Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake Relief Donations

On March 11, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred in the Tohoku region of Japan. Minutes later, the coastline of the same area was struck by a massive tsunami. The damage seen on newscasts and websites is shocking and sobering for all of us. Every student and staff member at the OJLS has a connection to Japan in some way, whether it's family, hobbies, cultural interest or simply a love of the language. Japan and her people have given us many beautiful and interesting experiences, but now the Japanese people need our help.
OJLS will be collecting donations for earthquake relief on Saturday March 19 and 26. The fastest and most effective way to get aid to where it's needed is for us to donate money to an existing aid organization so that materials can be purchased in large, economical quantities as near to the affected areas as possible. For this reason, OJLS will only be accepting cash donations and we will immediately forward all donations to the Japan Red Cross. The OJLS Board of Directors is also organizing a donation-matching program, details will be available on Saturday at the school. A staff member will be located in the hallway near the school office to accept your donation.
If you would prefer to receive a tax receipt, you may donate on-line at: Please be sure to select the "Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami" campaign. Online donations will still be eligible for donation-matching as long as a copy of the receipt is provided to the school. Thank you for your support.