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.

Online registration to open from September 8th, 2020 to September 12th, 2020

The Ottawa Japanese Language School will be open for online registration from Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 12:00 noon (Eastern Standard Time) to Saturday, September 12th, 2020 12:00 noon (Eastern Standard Time). Please submit your payment for enrolment using this site and then submit your registration details to us here. Please refer to the PDF documents below for an official statement from the board and more detailed instructions on how to register. We thank everyone again for their patience and understanding during this time and we hope you to see you in one of our online classes this semester!

Update on OJLS Classes for Fall 2020

The Ottawa Japanese Language School has decided that the Fall 2020 semester will be held online and there will be no in-person classes offered. We will continue to monitor and assess the feasibility of in-person classes on an ongoing basis. We do however have plans to offer Japanese courses online and are in the process of setting up an online registration form and online payment system. Please refer to the attached letter for more detailed information. We thank everyone for your continued patience and understanding.

All Classes Cancelled Until September 2020

OJLS has canceled all classes until new semester in September. This includes courses that would normally be offered during the summer season. We apologize for this inconvenience but will update this website as soon as we have information to share about registration for the Fall 2020 semester.

School Closed for the Entirety of Second Semester

The Ottawa Japanese Language School will be canceled for the rest of this semester's classes due to COVID-19. Please refer to the attached PDF documents for a statement from the Board of Directors and the Principal of the school. We apologize for this inconvenience. In addition to this, there will be no summer courses offered this year.

Regarding the 2020-2021 school year, we have no dates to announce regarding registration at the moment. We will be closely monitoring the information provided by Ottawa Public Health and will provide an update as soon as we have something concrete to share. Thank you for your patience.

No Classes From March 14 to April 18

We regret to inform our students and staff that we will be closed due to school closures regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), for the next 3 weeks, effective immediately. We will keep everyone posted as this develops, and hope that everyone remains safe.

From March 14 to April 5th, there will be no classes due to the Ontario government announcement to close public schools as a safety precaution against COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and look forward to seeing you again once class can be resumed.

Thank you for your understanding.

2019-2020 School Year Registration

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will take place between 9:30 and 11:30 AM on Saturday, September 7 at the École élémentaire publique Mauril Bélanger. (307 Montgomery St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7W8) After the student has registered for the fall semester, there will be a short interview between the teacher and the student to determine the student's Japanese language skill level and class placement. 

Classes for the fall semester begin September 14, 2019. Child to Adult courses are available for all skill levels. For more information and to print a registration form, please see the Registration page. 

Cash or cheque will be accepted. Most credit cards will be accepted with a small service fee. Please see the Square accepted cards for more details.


Our curriculum is structured to take place over the course of the school year. It is difficult to start from the 2nd semester.

For security reasons, only one entrance is opened. This is normally the door behind the fence to the right side of the entrance next to the gymnasium.

OJLS Speech Contest Winners

The OJLS would like to congratulate all the winners of the first Speech Contest. They are as follows

For the Heritage Language Category:

  • In first place, Tomoharu Renaud Usami (Grade 5)
  • In second place, Miyuri Vennos(Grade 5)
  • In third place, Tabisa Watanabe (Grade 6)
  • For the judge’s award, Sheena Kishida (Grade 3)

For the Non-Heritage,
Youth and Adult Beginner Category

  • In first place, Rachel Bainbridge-Sedivy (Youth2)
  • In second place, Kyana Kama(Youth1)
  • In third place, Corey Burke(Beginner 1)
  • For the judge’s awards, Arine Karapetyan (Youth1)
  • and, Adnan Abidi (Beginner 1)

Non-Heritage Language/ Intermediate and Advanced category:

  • In first place, Leyla Rivet (Youth3)
  • In second place, Lea Hamilton ( Intermediate2)
  • In third place, Madiline Blondin ( Youth3)

The overall winner of the contest,

  • Grand Prize - Adam Mahon (Advanced2)

OJLS would also like to thank our judges, sponsors and staff members who have made all of this possible.

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2018 - 2019 Scholarship

OJLS is very pleased to announce that the Otto's Subaru Scholarship 2018 - 2019 was awarded to Laurel Natsumi Gregan at the Year End Ceremony on May 25, 2019. We kindly thank Otto's Subaru of Ottawa for their continued support of Japanese culture and language learning.

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OJLS Speech Contest

The first Ottawa Japanese Language School Speech contest will be held on Saturday March 23rd at 13:30 at Kiwanis hall in Vanier community Centre.

The categories of the speech are as follows:

  • Children's Japanese as a heritage language
  • Youth and adult student's Japanese as a foreign language.

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Congratulations to Katherine Lu, Wei Yue, Tianwei Ding and Victoria Esnard!

Katherine Lu is the 1st prize winner of Beginner’s Level at the 29th Japanese Language Speech Contest in Ottawa, that took place last March 3rd, 2018 at the Embassy of Japan. She will participate in the national level competition in Edmonton on the 24th of March. Wei Yue also took the second place in the Beginner’s level. Tianwei Ding and Victoria Esnard also received special awards from the judges. Find contest details here