Programs for 50+

Are you an older adult who wants to learn more? Whether it’s for personal interest, to build new skills, to make new social connections, or to remain active and engaged in your retirement, you may find what you’re looking for through Programs for 50+.

Programs for 50+ at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education offers unique non-credit programs to stimulate your personal enrichment, self-actualization, and a continuing connection to society in a community of like-minded people. Expand your learning, redefine your retirement, and be engaged as an older adult learner.

Courses and Workshops

Continue your education through a wide variety of courses and workshops for older adults, including off-campus programming. Choose from classes in dramatic arts, liberal arts, media arts, and Caring Clown.


The tuition waiver program for seniors at Ryerson University has been phased out as of 2013. Seniors are required to pay the published Ryerson University course fee(s) and all fees must be paid in full at time of enrolment. Full information about paying course fees is available online.

50+ Festival

Join us at our annual 50+ Festival or year-round 50+ Festival Series offering a variety of thought-provoking and entertaining events including workshops and lectures, as well as cultural presentations (e.g., film, theatre, music).

Community Engagement Opportunities

Get involved in a variety of community projects and partnership programs.

Stay Connected

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Energy Meets Action – Jeany Chan, Learner, Programs for 50+

Jeany Chan“The more I think about it, the more I love it,” says Jeany Chan about her experience in Programs for 50+ after she enrolled in CSMU 100 Singing Level I.

“The more I think about it, the more I love it.”

Jeany Chan
Learner, Programs for 50+

When Jeany first retired, she decided she would use her time to rediscover her love for dancing and enrolled in a dance class. After she graduated from the program, Jeany realized her need for independent learning and turned to what she had always loved: singing. After a somewhat disastrous start in a course where the group mastered “O Canada”, Jeany did some research and found that Programs for 50+ offered a singing program without an audition. Furthermore, she was attracted by the location and the time of class.

“At first I was nervous and couldn’t read notes, but I like challenges and there was no pressure from the wonderful, encouraging instructor. I can’t ask for more,” says Jeany. In addition, the instructor gave the participants exercises to help expand their vocal chords and invited them to sing classical, jazz, and contemporary pieces on a weekly basis.

While there isn’t much time to chat during the two hour classes, Jeany explains that the sense of community is strong and she plans on taking a second singing course with another learner she met in class. In addition, she loves how diverse the Programs for 50+ community is. For someone who “never sang a song before”, Jeany now wants to find a way to encourage the instructor to prepare the class for performances to showcase what Programs for 50+ is about.

What does the future hold for Jeany? “Maybe an acting class!”

Story by Anna Rumin, Learner, Writing Workshops / Photo by Yiqing Wang, Graduate, Certificate in Photography Studies