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Spanning the Gaps
– Access to Post-Secondary Education

Our goal is to increase the post-secondary participation of adults and young people who might not otherwise experience post-secondary education. Through our programs, we are expanding educational opportunities and building educational capacity across communities in the Greater Toronto Area.

We believe education can break cycles of intergenerational poverty and social exclusion. Post-secondary education transforms lives and contributes to social cohesion, social stability, and a civic society.

By offering holistic and innovative transitional programming, we seek to create accessible pathways to post-secondary education for adults and young people, who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience post-secondary education.

We work with learners to build academic capacity through a strong community of students, staff, and alumni, built on the principles of academic foundations, holistic support, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement.

Spanning the Gaps students have access to Ryerson University’s resources and support services. Visit Ryerson’s Student Affairs website for more information.


Braxton Stone-Papadopoulas“Spanning the Gaps is like a family, and this makes students much more comfortable asking for help. We’re not scared to ask questions in class because we know that everyone is invested in our success.”

Braxton Stone-Papadopoulas
Graduate, Bridges to Ryerson


Shane Decamp“What I see myself doing in the future in terms of a career, the things that I’m able to do, and the impact that I’m able to have will be greater than before Spanning the Gaps. I’m a new man, and I’ve received a second chance at shaping my life the way I want it to be.”

Shane De Camp
Graduate, Bridges to Ryerson

Our Programs and Workshops

Transition Foundations Program

The Transition Foundations Program is a part-time program designed to facilitate a pathway to post-secondary education for mature learners (21+).

Veterans Transition to Education (VTE)

The VTE program provides academic and non-academic peer assistance to the veteran community and currently serving soldiers.

Academic Preparation Workshop

This interactive workshop provides a comprehensive set of skills for success in a post-secondary environment.

Aboriginal Foundations Program

The program is designed for Aboriginal community members who seek to broaden their opportunities towards academic success.

Ryerson University Now (RUN) Program

The RUN Program aims to encourage high school students and community members to participate in post-secondary education by offering them a credit course from The Chang School.

Merit-Based Awards

Merit-based awards are awarded based on demonstrated academic excellence, often in combination with other attributes such as contribution to a specific community.

See the merit-based awards available to Spanning the Gaps students.

Contact Us

Connect with us by filling out this Google Form.

Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 2291
Email: spanningthegaps@ryerson.ca
Fax: 416-979-5309

Hours (Meetings by Appointment)
Monday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Spanning the Gaps – Access to Post-Secondary Education
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Ryerson University
Heaslip House,
297 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1W1