How We Help
Government Agencies

Great Canadian Training provides instructor-led computer and professional skills training to employees of various levels of government across Canada in both official languages.

THIS TRAINING INCLUDES

Classroom-Based

Learn at our modern training centre in Downtown Ottawa or onsite at your own location. Our facility can be set up for computer training with large monitors and fast computers, or laid out in Pods or other designs for soft skills training.

Instructor-Led Online

Our live instructor-led online training brings the in-classroom experience directly to your home or office computer. On the day of your class, just click the link and you’re in. Our expert instructor will be right there with you the whole day walking you through each lesson. Our tailored, guided exercises allow you to follow along and practice what you’re learning in real time. You can ask questions and participate in your class just like you would in a classroom.

Public Class Schedule

A regular schedule of courses you can attend either at our modern training centre in Downtown Ottawa or online from anywhere in Canada. Public training is the most cost-effective way to train an individual.

Private Group Classes

Classes arranged for just your group of students. Private classes are usually more cost-effective when training 4 or more students. Since all participants are from your organization you can also customize the class by adjusting the course outline and even including your own files as part of the learning process.

Supply Arrangements

Looking to buy through a supply arrangement? Great Canadian Training has active supply arrangements with the federal government in place and is a pre-qualified vendor and can offer discounts to Government employees: E60ZT-180025/213/ZT.

Courses for
Government Employees

We have developed several resources with Government employees in mind. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please reach out to us! We’re flexible, very responsive and will ensure you get the training you need.

Effective Oral Briefings

Duration: 1 Day

This one-day Oral Briefings class provides you with the knowledge, best-practice techniques and presentation tips for creating and delivering meaningful briefings to your audience.


Designed For

Employees whose daily work involves the creation and delivery of oral briefings, who wish to hone their skills in that area.

Goals

This course will teach you effective practices of creating and delivering oral briefing notes. You will learn how to identify the needs of your audience, how to develop the correct message in accordance with those needs, and how to deliver that message in an effective way.

Upcoming Classes

  • June 22, 2021 9am to 4pm EDT
  • October 19, 2021 9am to 4pm EDT

Government Briefing Notes

Duration: 1 Day

This one-day training class will provide students with the knowledge and hands-on practice they need to apply public sector writing practices for briefing notes with a focus on both style and context.


Designed For

Government employees whose work requires them to write briefing notes.

Goals

This 1-day course will prepare you to write exceptional briefing notes. You will learn how to plan the information in your notes and how to summarize that information. This course also teaches you invaluable writing and editing skills. By the end of the course, you will be able both to write effective briefing notes and to present them to the decision makers.

Upcoming Classes

  • July 20, 2021 9am to 4pm EDT
  • September 27, 2021 9am to 4pm EDT

Accessibility Training

With upcoming new 2021 regulations for federal, provincial, and municipal governments requiring that public documentation be made accessible, there is a need to have staff able to create such documentation now and in the future. See the courses below for more information or to register.

Creating accessible content in Microsoft Office is an important part of keeping compliant with AODA regulations. Great Canadian Training offers three different courses on Accessibility:

Creating Accessible
Documents In
Microsoft Visio

Duration: 1 Day

This course provides attendees with the basic concepts and compliances to meet current accessibility dictated by government branches.


Designed For

All users who need to create Visio diagrams that will be accessible to users with disabilities. You may need to work with clients or employees with visual, audial, or cognitive disabilities, or to be compliant with AODA or other accessibility rules and regulations.

Goals

By the end of this one-day class you’ll understand what accessibility is and how to apply best practices and tools within Visio to work with the key components of a diagram. You will also learn how to plan properly and lay out diagrams with the correct reading order or tab order. You will:

  • Understand accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Use best practices to format text for those with disabilities
  • Learn the rights and wrongs of page numbering
  • Understand how colour and contrast impact accessibility
  • Understand reading order and assistive technologies when creating your diagrams
  • Create high quality alternate text entries
  • Use screen tips and hyperlinks effectively
  • And much more...

Upcoming Classes

No public classes are currently scheduled. Click More Info to learn more, submit a question or request a private class.

Creating Accessible Documents in
Microsoft Word

Duration: 1 Day

This course is designed for students who have a working knowledge of Office products and a basic understanding of accessibility.


Designed For

All users who wish to specifically create Word documentation that is clear and accessible to a wider audience, including those with visual, audial, or cognitive disabilities.

Goals

By the end of this one-day class you’ll understand what accessibility is, and how to use best practices and the tools available in Word to create content that will be clear and understandable to any users with disabilities. You will:

  • Understand accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Use best practices to style and format text
  • Apply simple and clear writing techniques
  • Appreciate how colour and contrast, fonts, types, and ligatures impact accessibility
  • Use alternative text and captions with images and objects
  • Create accessible tables of contents and tables of figures
  • Enable the DAISY reader snap-in
  • And much more...

Upcoming Classes

No public classes are currently scheduled. Click More Info to learn more, submit a question or request a private class.

Creating Accessible Documents in
Microsoft Office

Duration: 2 Days

This course provides a more in-depth overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and WCAG guidelines and goes deeper into Office products and how to create accessible-compliant documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Designed For

All users who wish to create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documentation that is clear and accessible to a wider audience, including those with visual, audial, or cognitive disabilities.

Goals

By the end of this two-day class you’ll understand what accessibility is and how to use best practices and the tools available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to create content that will be clear and understandable to any users with disabilities. You will:

  • Understand accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Use best practices to style and format text
  • Apply simple and clear writing techniques
  • Appreciate how colour and contrast, fonts, types, and ligatures impact accessibility
  • Use alternative text and captions with images and objects
  • Understand how to work with Excel workbooks properly to make them accessible
  • Work with Themes, Slide Layouts, and Reading Order to make PowerPoint presentations accessible
  • Properly convert documents to PDF to preserve accessibility formatting
  • And much more...

Upcoming Classes

  • July 19 & 20, 2021 9am to 4pm EDT
  • September 23 & 24, 2021 9am to 4pm EDT
  • November 29 & 30, 2021 9am to 4pm EST

Free Resources

Helpful Blog Articles

Our world has changed. Success in a remote working environment requires individuals to use a shared set of communication, collaboration and planning processes and tools that are far more refined and defined than in a non-virtual workspace. We have developed blogs on many different topics including Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365, Excel, Databases, and Soft Skills… just to name a few. Listed below is the widely popular 7-part Working From Home series.

This article discusses when and where to work from home, as well as how to keep your work and personal lives separate.
This article is for all the working parents on how to balance working and parenting.
We believe that learning should never stop! This article discusses how you can effectively continue to learn and grow, even if you are doing so remotely.

Webinars

We host free webinars each month on various topics. Upcoming sessions on OneDrive and Microsoft Teams would be of particular interest to the professional now working from home.

All previous recorded webinars can be viewed here.

Contact us today for more information
or help booking a course.