Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) helps newcomers learn English and assists them in the settlement process and integration into Canadian society.

Part-time and full-time classes are available year-round, and some sites also offer evening and weekend classes. All locations provide Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) – for ages 19 months to 6 years – while parents are attending classes.

The LINC program is open to all newcomers who meet the following criteria:

  • landed immigrant (not a Canadian citizen or visitor)
  • or convention refugee (not a refugee claimant)
  • 18 years of age or older

Eligible individuals meet with a program counsellor for an assessment before they can start attending classes. They are assessed for their English-speaking skills and then placed into a class according to their level and class availability. The LINC program offers several levels, from beginner to high-intermediate.

All of our locations are accessible by transit, and in some cases, participants may qualify for public transportation assistance.