LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada - is a settlement program, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This ESL program provides basic English language instruction to eligible adult newcomers - immigrants and those to whom Canada intends to grant permanent resident status - to facilitate their social, cultural and economic integration into society. Language classes are also available in French.

The Government of Canada, in cooperation with the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board (OCCSB) offers free language training across Ottawa for adult permanent residents and other eligible Canadian residents. See below for eligibility criteria. We can assess your language training needs and refer you to the right classes for you.

We offer full-time and part-time classes to suit your needs and free child care while you attend classes.

LINC classes are offered only on a part-time basis. However, you may be eligible to take classes full time. Check with the schools for complete information. Our language training classes are computer equipped to provide you with a rich ESL learning experience.

Some universities and community colleges also offer language classes, as do some private language schools and community organizations. You can contact these groups directly for more information. Remember to ask about fees, since these courses may not be free.

Remember, language classes are available for every adult in your family, not just the person who may be looking for work.

Who is eligible for LINC classes?

Newcomers to Canada who meet the following criteria can apply for language training under the LINC program.

  1. Adult newcomer, older than 18 years of age
  2. Permananent Resident of Canada (Landed Immigrant) or Convention Refugee
  3. Able to provide proof of status in Canada with an original of one of the following documents
    • Record of Landing (Landed Immigrant - IMM 1000)
    • Notice of Decision Letter (Convention Refugee)
    • Minister's Permit (Case type 86, 87, 88 or 89 only)
    • Approval in Principle Letter
    • Employment authorization (Case type 27)
    • Student authorization (Case type 37)
    • Visitor's Record (Case type 17)

The information above is provided for convenience and preliminary informational purposes. For current and complete information about eligibility requirements please contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

How to enroll for LINC classes

To make an appointment for Language Assessment please call the Language Assessment and Resource Centre at 238-5462. Once you have done the assessment, call the following number to make an apointment to be enrolled.

St. Patrick's594-5773
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