Welcome to Ottawa Mandarin School

Ottawa Mandarin School provides various programs that give students the opportunity to learn and enhance their Mandarin language skills and to enrich their Chinese cultural experiences.  These programs are offered to students of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Saturday Morning Interest Programs


These programs are offered to preschool age children and adults:


In the Parent and Child Class, children learn Mandarin through singing songs, playing games, reading stories, and making crafts.  No previous Mandarin experience required.


The Adult Mandarin Conversation Class is aimed at non-Mandarin speaking adults who are interested in learning to speak Mandarin and about Chinese culture.


Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise for health, consisting of slow and graceful movements that relax and strengthen both body and mind.

Extra Support for Students - Free

The Bopomofo Class provides students with extra help learning the BoPoMoFo phonetic system.  The Homework Club offers support to students who need extra help with their homework.  Both classes are held on Saturday afternoons from 12:15 to 1:15.

Saturday Afternoon Programs


A variety of afternoon cultural classes are offered to students and parents of Ottawa Mandarin School.  Activities include Arts and crafts, Badminton, Calligraphy, Chinese painting, Dance, Diabolo, and Martial arts.

*** NEW *** 2016 Afternoon Summer Camp


From July 4 to August 5, the Ottawa Catholic School Board will offer a morning Mandarin (Traditional) International Language Program at St. Elizabeth School.  Ottawa Mandarin School will hold Afternoon Summer Camps which followed the morning IL Program.  

Students will enjoy many afternoons full of fun, which will include singing, cooking, calligraphy, Chinese painting, arts and crafts, badminton, dance, martial arts, and more.  We look forward to seeing everyone at our Afternoon Summer Camp!

*** NEW *** 2016 Cultural Summer Day Camp


Each summer, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada and the Overseas Community Affairs Council (Republic of China, Taiwan) sponsor a 1-week Summer Day Camp in Ottawa.  This year, the camp will be held from 

Aug 15 to Aug 19.   Check back soon for more details.

Special Events


OMS sponsors a number of special events that take place during the year to allow students to experience Chinese culture and to showcase student performances.  Students attend demonstrations and try new activities during Culture Day.  The Chinese New Year celebrations welcomes the New Lunar Year and feature student presentations from all classes.  The Handwriting Contest gives students the opportunity to display their penmanship skills.  Students build their confidence and show their Mandarin skills during the Speech Contest.

OMS reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient registration or other reasons.

OMS News and Events


Check our Calendar for upcoming events.


Have a great summer!


Upcoming Event:  The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia is pleased to invite you to its event "Indonesian Embassy Day". 

"Indonesian Embassy Day-August Edition: Ikat Flores, Weaving Heritage From Eastern Indonesia" will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016 from 13:00-15:00 (Main Program at 13:30) at Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West , Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1 . 

The event provides an opportunity to learn about Ikat Flores, with a special presentation by Guest Speaker Ms. Alfonsa Raga Horeng, A Renowned Indonesian Weaver. Indonesian snacks and coffee are served.

If you wish to attend, you should make a reservation by sending an email to publicaffairs@indonesia-ottawa.org with your name and names of your guests.


Our OMS Afternoon Summer Camp was a success!  We look forward to seeing all our campers again next year.  Thank you to our teachers and volunteers.


Saturday cultural programs will start on Sep 12, 2016.

Check back for fall registrations.