COVID-19 update: This program will be delivered online, if necessary.

Good English language skills make it easier for newcomers to settle in Canada, find jobs, access services, meet new people and get Canadian citizenship. It’s a core element of the settlement experience and crucial to integration.  The Food Handling Language Support Program of Catholic Crosscultural Services is designed to improve speaking and listening skills. It provides sector-specific language training so that newcomers can take that next step in their career path in Canada.

Subject matter will focus on the fundamental knowledge required for the entry-level position in food handling and general employment readiness.

Also, during this time, participants will receive First Aid and CPR Training and Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) Training. The course includes skills training and volunteer work placement.

Normal benefits (when program not delivered online due to Covid-19):

  • Bus tickets for qualified participants/students.
  • Free childminding services for children, from 8 months to 6 years of age, may be available for qualified participants/students, depending on space.
  • Free summer programs for school-age children, from 7-12 years of age, are available at some locations for qualified participants/students.
  • A Family Literacy Program, including helpful activities, is available to help newcomers and their family members to continue English language learning at home, too.


  • Permanent residents, convention refugees, live-in caregivers.