Essential Skills Online

TOWES Essential Skills Online (ESO) is a web-based curriculum that teaches reading text, document use and numeracy. ESO introduces learners to the Canadian workplace while they acquire the skills needed for successful employment.


  • Thirty-four activity sets (including a series of instructional movies and interactive practice exercises) that provide the learner with immediate feedback.
  • Content is organized by skill area (reading text, document use, numeracy) and becomes increasingly complex as a student progresses through the materials.
  • Flexibility as learners may work through the entire content, or select only activities that are relevant to them.
  • Access to two informal TOWES practice assessments and links to external resources help participants connect with the labour market and over 200 front-line occupations in Canada.


ESO Overview



Essential Skills Online (ESO) is best suited for individuals with skills at Level 1 to Level 2. Content is broad-based and relevant to all frontline occupations. Course materials have been designed for English-as-a-Second-Language speakers (ESL), those who are new to Canada, youth and individuals new to the labour market.


Click here to view a demo of ESO.


Open a printable Essential Skills Online summary.

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Essential Skills Online (ESO) is available through authorized TOWES distributors.


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