The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario offer English language classes across Canada and the Province of Ontario. English classes are also offered through school boards, community colleges, and community organizations. Most universities also offer language classes, as do some private language schools. Scroll down to read more about your local community agencies, community colleges, or school boards and the many services available to you. You can also visit their website for more information, or to find out how to contact them directly.

Community Agencies

ACCES Employment Services

ACCES Employment Services is a leader in connecting employers with qualified employees from diverse backgrounds. More than 15,000 job seekers are served annually at five locations across the Greater Toronto Area. As a not-for-profit corporation, ACCES receives funding from all levels of government, corporate sponsors, various supporters and the United Way of Toronto.

ACCES assists job seekers from diverse backgrounds who are facing barriers to employment, to integrate into the Canadian job market. This is achieved by providing employment services, linking employers to skilled people and building strong networks in collaboration with community partners.

Enhanced Language Training classes are offered through ACCES Employment Services.
www.accestrain.com

Afghan Women’s Community Organization

The Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO) is a multi-service settlement agency whose mandate is to assist Afghan women and their families in all aspects of adaptation and integration into Canadian society, through a wide range of culturally and linguistically-sensitive settlement services and programs. The AWO is also mandated to facilitate the resettlement of Afghan and other refugees from overseas through a refugee sponsorship program. The AWO also provides assistance to Afghan refugees overseas and to vulnerable groups in Afghanistan through lobbying, advocacy, direct assistance, relief, education, and income-generation programs. With four locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area, the Afghan Women’s Organization is able to conveniently serve over 8,000 clients annually.

The Afghan Women’s Organization offers a wide range of culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate programs. Programs include job search support and workshops, mental health programs and counselling, settlement support and group sessions, youth and seniors’ programs, family crisis support.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Afghan Women’s Community Organization.
www.afghanwomen.org

African Training and Employment Centre (ATEC)

The African Training and Employment Centre (ATEC) is a multi-service community agency which has been serving newcomers to Canada for the past 15 years. It serves communities with one of the highest proportion of recent immigrants and people with low income in Toronto. The agency currently provides services to newcomers from Africa, but also South Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

ATEC has extensive experience in providing lifeskills education, career and vocational counselling/training, culturally specific job search training as well as assistance pertaining to settlement and cultural adaptation. In addition, the agency engages in ongoing research and development in order to assess and respond to the needs of its clientele. Therefore, ATEC is in the unique position to continue providing employment counselling and placement services as part of its ongoing commitment in assisting disadvantaged newcomers of African heritage and people of other ethnic backgrounds make lasting contributions to the economic, social, cultural and political growth of Canada.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada and English as a Second Language classes are offered through the African Training & Employment Centre (ATEC).
www.atec-inc.ca

Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf

The Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf (BRCD) provides opportunities for a higher quality of life for deaf people while preserving and promoting their language and culture. The Centre is a multi-purpose, multi-program facility that functions both as a community centre for the deaf, and as a provider of services to the deaf.

Located on Bayview north of Lawrence, the Centre operates a wide variety of programs, as well as offering a home for the activities and offices of deaf groups and associations. Several of the programs are residential in nature, with apartments on site, and others are day programs.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf.
www.bobrumball.org

Bradford Immigrant and Community Services

Bradford Immigrant and Community Services (BICS) provides culturally sensitive information and referral to newcomers to Canada and to the communities of York-Simcoe on social, legal, health, and government issues. It also provides assistance with translations, resume preparation, and filling out forms and preparing income tax returns. BICS also offers citizenship application preparation.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Bradford Immigrant and Community Studies.
centraleastontario.cioc.ca

Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre was established in 1988 by a group of Peel Social Service Representatives who were interested in the identification and provision of programs formulated to meet the needs of families in Brampton. Today, the Centre offers family and community programs, settlement services, youth programs, and the HOST program for youth.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre.
www.bnrc.org

Caledon Community Services

Caledon Community Services (CCS) is a community-impact, health and social service organization committed to "helping people help themselves". CCS offer programs and resources that provide people with support in times of difficulty and change. Caledonia Community Services provides employment placement and support services, crisis counselling and support, seniors’ services, and settlement services.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Caledon Community Services.
www.ccs4u.org

Canadian Centre for Language & Cultural Studies

The Canadian Centre for Language & Cultural Studies (CCLCS) is a registered non-profit, charitable organization, located in the lively and diverse Annex neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. CCLCs offers a variety of educational services and programs to individuals and organizations, including TESL Ontario and TESL Canada recognized programs for teaching English in Canada or abroad, professional development workshops, job announcements, and links to other organizations.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada and Literacy classes are offered through the Canadian Centre for Language & Cultural Services.
www.cclcs.ca

Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture

The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) is a non-profit, registered charitable organization, founded by several Toronto doctors, lawyers and social service professionals, many of whom were associated with Amnesty International. They had begun to see victims of torture in their practices as early as 1977 and became incorporated in 1983. Current services include mental health services, settlement services, ESL and computer training, and services for children and youth.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.
www.ccvt.org

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to research, public education and vision health for all Canadians. CNIB provides the services and support necessary for people to enjoy a good quality of life while living with vision loss. Its Mission is to enhance independence for people with vision loss and to be the leader in promoting vision health by providing vital programs and services, innovative consumer products, research, peer support and one of the world's largest libraries for people with print disabilities.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada and English as a Second Language classes are offered through the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
www.cnib.ca

Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society

Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society (CUIAS) offers language training and settlement services to over 2,300 new immigrant each year through three locations in the City of Toronto.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society.
www.cuias.org

Catholic Cross-cultural Services

Catholic Cross-cultural Services (CCS) is a non-profit agency providing services that assist in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees. CCS serves all newcomers, refugees, and immigrants, regardless of race, colour, age, creed, religion or political affiliation. Since 1954 CCS has provided services in helping immigrants and refugees settle in Canada and currently delivers settlement services, the Job Search Workshop Program, and supportive services for women and housing supports.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Catholic Cross-cultural Services.
www.cathcrosscultural.org

Centre for Information and Community Services

The Centre for Information and Community Services (CICS) is a diverse and inclusive multi-service agency that strengthens communities by providing cost effective, culturally sensitive and professional services empowering immigrants and refugees to settle and integrate into Canadian society as full and active citizens. CICS is a non-profit charitable agency committed to ensuring equity and access to our services for all clients regardless of their age, gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and religious or political affiliation.

CICS empowers clients to increase their self-determination and direction by equipping them with information, knowledge and specific skills, which will facilitate their smooth settlement as newcomers to Canada. CICS delivers settlement services, the Job Search Workshop and Host Programs, employment counselling and job matching, and work-related training courses.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Centre for Information and Community Services.
www.cicscanada.com

Centre for Skills Development & Training

Since 1988, The Centre for Skills Development & Training has been a leading provider of quality career and workforce development programs, products and services in Halton Region and surrounding areas. The organization’s areas of specialty include academic and language skills upgrading, career planning and development and pre-apprenticeship trades and technology training.

The Centre has also earned a reputation for excellence in the design and delivery of high quality corporate development programs, particularly in the areas of Soft Skills Training, Workplace Communication, Supervisory/Managerial Skills Development and Information Technology.

Enhanced Language Training, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, ELT at Work and Academic Upgrading are offered through the Centre for Skills Development and Training.
www.thecentre.on.ca

Chinese Association of Mississauga

The Chinese Association of Mississauga is a registered charitable organization. Chinese Association of Mississauga offers services and programs for newcomers living in the GTA and Mississauga area. Services include information and referral, settlement services, seniors’ services and activities and language training.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Chinese Association of Mississauga. English as a Second Language classes are offered in partnership with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.
www.chineseassociationmississauga.com

CollEge BorEal

Collège Boréal’s is a recognized leader in distance training. It offers a variety of internet-based courses as well as in-class and self-directed courses. Collège Boréal offers employment support services as well as language studies, professional development courses and general interest courses.

Enhanced Language Training and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Collège Boréal.
www.borealc.on.ca

Community MicroSkills Development Centre

Community MicroSkills Development Centre is a non-profit organization that has served communities in Toronto and surrounding areas since 1984. The services offered help clients achieve economic self-sufficiency, participate actively in community life, and make a productive contribution to Canadian society. Community MicroSkills Development Centre programs focus on developing clients' skills, increasing their information base, and facilitating opportunities for them to transfer their skills and knowledge to the Canadian workforce.

The agency provides settlement, employment, and self-employment services to individuals, with priority to the needs of immigrants, youth, visible minority people, and low-income women. Community MicroSkills Development Centre delivers the Job Search Workshop and Host Programs, employment placement and support services, skills training, and settlement services to the newcomer community.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Community MicroSkills Development Centre.
www.microskills.ca

COSTI Immigrant Services

COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency providing employment, educational, and social services to all immigrant communities, new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance. Since 1952, COSTI has been helping those in need, providing hope to refugee families, protecting women and children, strengthening families, combatting racism and discrimination, and assisting all those who function at a disadvantage in society.

With a staff of over 350 people, speaking more than 60 languages, COSTI strives to ensure that all individuals, regardless of language, cultural, or financial barriers, are given the opportunity to use their existing skills, learn new ones, and participate in all aspects of Canadian life. COSTI presently provides support to over 54,000 individuals annually through 20 service locations.

Enhanced Language Training, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada and Language Training at the Workplace are offered through COSTI. English as a Second Language classes are offered in partnership with the Toronto and York Catholic District School Boards.
www.costi.org

Delta Family Resource Centre

Delta Family Resource Centre is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the needs of families and children within our community. As a multi-service organization dedicated to creating a healthy and empowered community where families and children thrive, Delta Family Resource Centre offers a number of programs and services, including a wide-range of support services for caregivers of young children, and settlement programs and services to help build the capacity of newcomers to participate fully in Canadian society.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Delta Family Resource Centre.
www.dfrc.ca

Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre

Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre was founded in 1988 by concerned members of the community to enhance the quality of life of those residing in the Dixie Bloor area. Services include employment, mentoring and settlement services, as well as youth and seniors’ programs.

Enhanced Language Training and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada are offered through Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre.
www.dixiebloor.ca

Ethiopian Association in Toronto

The Ethiopian Association has been providing community and social service programs to people of Ethiopian origin and others since 1980. After its incorporation as a not-for-profit and charitable organization in 1981, it has greatly expanded its programs and services, diversified its workforces, and enhanced its outreach activities. At present, it is estimated that the Association represents 60,000 to 70,000 people of Ethiopian origin in the greater Toronto area and surrounding regions.

The Ethiopian Association delivers employment placement and support services, crisis counselling, seniors programs, settlement services, youth development and integration services.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Ethiopian Association.
www.ethiocommun.org

Halton Multicultural Council

Founded in 1979 by volunteers of a number of cultural groups to provide social programs to the community, the Halton Multicultural Council is a not for profit community agency dedicated to enabling every individual, regardless of race or ethnic origin, to participate as full and active members of the community through fostering mutual respect and understanding of one another. Halton Multicultural Council believes that for Canada to thrive, everyone must respect the traditions and customs of the many cultural groups present in Canadian society today.

Enhanced Language Training, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, and Bridge to Work for IT Accountants and Bookkeepers programs are offered through Halton Multicultural Council.
www.halton-multicultural.org

Hincks–Dellcrest Centre

The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre is dedicated to promoting optimal social, emotional, and behavioural well-being in infants, children, youth, and their families, and to contributing to the achievement of healthy communities. Each year, more than 8,000 children and families are helped through a variety of prevention, early intervention, outpatient, and residential treatment programs.

The Centre provides supportive home visits to mothers of newborns, prenatal groups, educational parenting groups, parent and child activity groups, peer nutrition programs, child developmental screening and consultation, supportive child focused counselling for parents, and parent and child sessions on attachment issues or behavioural concerns.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre.
www.hincksdellcrest.org

India Rainbow Community Services of Peel

India Rainbow Community Services of Peel is a non-profit, charitable, community based organization. Its Mission is to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to the Peel immigrant community, enabling integration and supporting their settlement, social services, health, and education needs. Services including Job Search Workshops for Newcomers, child, youth, women and parenting services, housing and support services, skills training and settlement services.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through India Rainbow Community Services of Peel.
www.indiarainbow.org

Inter-Cultural Neighbourhood Social Services

Inter-Cultural Neighbourhood Social Services is a multi-service centre that delivers social programs and inter-cultural activities, while promoting community partnerships to build a strong and dynamic society.

ICNSS is one of only two neighbourhood drop-in centres in Central Mississauga, providing services and programs to approximately 50,000 clients annually. The greater portion of clients is either from the immigrant and refugee group or from the visible and racial minority groups.

Enhanced Language Training classes are offered through Inter-Cultural Neighbourhood Social Services.
www.icnss.ca

Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto

Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada (JIAS) is the oldest chartered not-for-profit settlement organization in Canada. For over 85 years JIAS has been a critical force in shaping and building the Jewish community of Canada. JIAS continues to serve as the voice of the Canadian Jewish community on issues of integration and re-settlement in Canada. It champions the cause of new immigrants and refugees by positively influencing Canadian immigration laws, policies and practices, and by ensuring that they are humane in nature and responsive to the needs of potential newcomers. JIAS promotes the long-term integration of newcomers into local Jewish communities from coast to coast by building partnerships between immigrants, government, charitable foundations, employers, service providers and volunteers.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada.
www.jiastoronto.org

Job Start

JobStart is a community based, not-for-profit agency established in 1980. The organization provides dynamic career services aimed at job seekers and employers to achieve employment success outcomes. They connect individuals looking for work with employers looking to hire. Job Start delivers employment services at no charge to adults, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, students and youth. JobStart offers employers recruitment and work placement services at no cost.

Enhanced Language Training classes are offered through Job Start.
www.jobstart-cawl.org

JVS Toronto

JVS Toronto is a non-profit organization that partners with both the government and business sectors to help people succeed. JVS Toronto currently offers an expansive range of over 40 employment-related support programs and services throughout the greater Toronto area to thousands of unemployed and underemployed individuals. These include youth, persons with disabilities, women, children, and newcomers. Since its inception, JVS Toronto has helped over 500,000 people fulfill their potential.

Through responsive career, employment, training and psychological services, JVS Toronto assists more than 23,000 people annually - newcomers, youth, women, people with disabilities, mature workers, the unemployed and the underemployed. JVS Toronto proudly continues the tradition of bringing services to people in their own communities, and now operates out of 12 locations in the GTA.

Enhanced Language Training classes are offered through JVS Toronto.
www.jvstoronto.org

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) was formed twenty-eight years ago in what was then the City of York. Over the years, LEF initiated programs and services that reflected the needs of the local community. Programs and services include skill training in areas where there are local jobs, job search, counselling, recruitment service for employers, self-employment training and support, training enterprises including LEF Wood Works and Cooks Training for at risk youth, technology help desk, computer access sites, a training loan fund, several social enterprises, 18 child care centres, 16 Before & After School Programs and a kitchen in which LEF prepares 500 meals a day, through a partnership with Second Harvest, to go to agencies which serve the homeless.

Enhanced Language Training, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, and Literacy classes are offered through LEF.
www.lefca.org

Malton Neighbourhood Services

Malton Neighbourhood Services (MNS) is a non-profit, charitable organization that has provided settlement and community support services since 1975. Services for youth, families and newcomers are offered through Malton Neighbourhood Services. Skills training and employment supports are also offered to the community.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Malton Neigbourhood Services.
www.mnsinfo.org

Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto

Founded in 1983, the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto is a vibrant, multi-cultural community centre for newcomers to Canada. The agency offers a wide range of programs and services to help refugees and immigrants adjust to their new life in Canada. Its goal is to support people from diverse cultural communities to participate and contribute in all areas of Canadian life - social, economic, cultural, and political.

Services include emotional integration and support programs such as art therapy, anger management and domestic violence counselling. Settlement, interpretation and translation services also available to newcomers.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto.
www.mnlct.org

Muslim Community Services

Muslim Community Services was established in 1987 as a non profit organization to serve and work with newcomers to facilitate their settlement and integration into Canada. The organization offers a wide range of services and learning opportunities to connect newcomers to a better future in the ever changing Canadian society. Services include skills development training, family support and seniors’ services, settlement and integration services.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Muslim Community Services.
www.muslimcommunity.org

Newcomer Centre of Peel

The Newcomer Center of Peel is committed to the success of its clients in becoming fully engaged and participating members of the Peel community by providing high quality, innovative and relevant educational programs and related services. The learning centre transcends beyond individual growth to form a unique and enhanced state of culture of collaboration within the Peel community. The Newcomer Center of Peel offers language and settlement services, employment supports and services, new business support services and services for youth.

Enhanced Language Training and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Newcomer Centre of Peel.
www.ncpeel.ca

Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto

Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto (NEW) is a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto serving immigrant and refugee women and their families. Since 1983, NEW has greeted newcomers with care, understanding and respect. The NEW staff and its Board of Directors reflect and serve the needs of the community. As advocates for open access to basic human rights (food, shelter, education, health services and meaningful employment) its programs positively affect clients, their families and the community at large. NEW offers settlement and language training services.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto.
www.newcomerwomen.org

North York Community House

North York Community House has been serving the residents of southwest North York for over 20 years. The organization is committed to working with individuals, groups and neighbourhoods to address the issues that are of concern to them. From reducing isolation for newcomers and providing support to new parents, to bringing together residents to strengthen their communities, the organization’s goal is to provide the support people need today, in order for them to succeed tomorrow.

Services include in-house and school settlement services, as well as library settlement services. North York Community House offers a wait variety of program for women and youth, and also runs weekly parenting groups.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through North York Community House.
www.nych.ca

Palestine House

Palestine House is a not-for-profit organization that was established in June 1992 by the joint efforts of various Palestinian Associations in Canada. It serves as the educational, cultural, and social centre for the Palestinian community in the greater Toronto area (in particular) and in Canada (in general). Membership is open to all Palestinians and Arabs in Canada, and services are available to the Canadian community at large. Services offered include counselling on immigration, family problems, citizenship, legal matters and housing, in addition to referrals to specialized professionals and institutions.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Palestine House.
www.palestinehouse.com

Parkdale Intercultural Association

Parkdale Intercultural Association is a not- for- profit, charitable, community-based organization which provides settlement programs and services to refugees and new immigrants, and engages in a community development process to nurture a healthy, equitable and sustainable community that builds on the rich diversity of Parkdale.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Parkdale Intercultural Association.
www.piaparkdale.com

Peel Adult Learning Centre

The Peel Adult Learning Centre provides labour market levels of language training to newcomers, assisting them in finding suitable employment and promoting fair recognition of their skills, education, and experience.

Enhanced Language Training and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada are offered through the Peel Adult Learning Centre.
www.palc.ca

Peel Multicultural Council

Peel Multicultural Council (PMC) was established in 1977 because of the concerns arising from a Social Planning Council report on Immigrant Needs in Peel. The Mission of the Peel Multicultural Council, as an umbrella organization, is to promote a harmonious multicultural society in Peel, by increasing communication and by building bridges of understanding between ethno-cultural groups, institutions, and the community, and to facilitate settlement and integration of newcomers to Canada.

Peel Multicultural Council provides settlement services to the newcomer community in Peel and delivers the Job Search Workshop and Youth Host programs.

Enhanced Language Training and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada are offered through Peel Multicultural Council.
www.peelmc.ca

Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services

Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services (PICS) is a non-profit community based agency assisting the local community of immigrants in their settlement and integration process.

At each of the five major centres located in Etobicoke, South Toronto, Scarborough and Mississauga, settlement counsellors provide valuable information to newcomers about social services programs, housing, healthcare, and immigration and settlement issues normally faced by newcomers. They also make referrals to other community services as necessary. PICS offers interpretation and translation services, and certifies documents and affidavits. PICS also offer access to information through a Resource Centre, where clients can 'brush up' on their computer skills and gain access to information, conduct job search and connect to other services they might need.

Enhanced Language Training and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services.
www.polycultural.org

Rexdale Women’s Centre

The Rexdale Women's Centre is an independent, not-for-profit agency that serves high-need women and their family members residing in the Greater Toronto Area. Its Mission is to support immigrant, newcomer and refugee women and their family members of all generations to become fully participating members of Canadian society who are self-sufficient, financially secure, safe, happy, healthy and socially active. Rexdale Women’s Centre accomplishes this by enhancing their clients’ individual functioning skills and by facilitating their access to resources, agencies, and community services.

Programs and services include, but are not limited to, settlement services, English language classes, violence prevention services, children’s services, family support services, and post-settlement services.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes offered through Rexdale Women’s Centre. English as a Second Language classes are offered in partnership with the Toronto District School Board.
www.rexdalewomen.org

Skills for Change

With programs and services designed to fully integrate newcomers into the Canadian work environment, Skills for Change helps immigrants and refugees achieve their employment goals. Through its services, the organization connects thousands of newcomers with employers across the Greater Toronto Area, serving more than 10,000 people annually. In addition to offering a variety of language and computer training courses, Skills for Change continues its tradition of providing clerical employment services.

Enhanced Language Training and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada are offered through Skills for Change. English as a Second Language classes are offered in partnership with the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
www.skillsforchange.org

Somali Immigrant Aid Organization

The Somali Immigrant Aid Organization (SIAO) is a non profit organization that is committed to addressing the immigration, education, health, social services, culture, and economic development needs of Somali-Canadians and other immigrants in Canada, through programs, services, and advocacy.

Services range from settlement services to individual counselling and family support. In addition, SIAO also provides the large human services sector with education and support for understanding and working with the Somali community.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Somali Immigrant Aid Organization.
webhome.idirect.com

South Asian Family Support Services

The Mission of South Asian Family Support Services is to assist, educate and empower newcomers, women, seniors, youth, children and families in their integration process to improve their quality of life, realize their fullest potential and become contributing members of the Canadian society.

South Asian Family Support Services (SAFSS) offers language training, counselling and settlement services to newcomers and convention refugees from around the world, particularly from the South Asian, Iranian and Afghani communities.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through South Asian Family Support Services.
www.safss.org

St. Stephen’s Community House

St. Stephen’s Community House (SSCH) is a multi-service social agency serving more than 29,000 people each year. The agency focuses on the inner-city neighbourhoods surrounding Kensington Market including Chinatown, Alexandra Park, Harbourfront, Little Italy and the Annex. St. Stephen’s supports the homeless or marginally housed individuals break the cycle of poverty and secure housing; helps people find jobs; provides a safe space for children to grow and explore their creativity, and for youth to complete high school and access supports in their transition to adulthood; helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible; or assisting a newcomer to Canada.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through St. Stephen’s Community House.
www.ststephenshouse.com

Tamil Eelam Society of Canada

The Tamil Eelam Society of Canada (TESOC) is a non-profit organization providing settlement services to newcomers for the past 30 years. As part of the multicultural efforts, TESOC proudly offers settlement services in twelve languages. The organization also offers services to women and seniors, and job search workshops specifically design for youth.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Tamil Eelam Society of Canada.
www.tesoc.org

The Cross-Cultural Community Service Association

The Cross-Cultural Community Service Association helps all cultural groups to facilitate the well-being of diversified communities through social services. TCCSA provides settlement services, education and language training, and youth services to newcomers residing in the greater Toronto area and vicinity.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through The Cross-Cultural Community Service Association.
www.tccsa.on.ca

Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office

Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office is a community based multicultural, multi-service agency providing community-based services to residents of Thorncliffe Park and surrounding communities. Programs and services include information and referral, a family violence program, women’s counselling, settlement services, language classes for newcomers, employment assistance services, an Ontario Early Years Centre for Don Valley West riding, youth services and delivery of community information workshops and seminars.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office.
www.thorncliffe.org

The Centre for Education & Training

The Centre for Education & Training (TCET) is a not for profit, progressive corporation located in Mississauga. TCET enhances the self sufficiency and effectiveness of individuals and organizations by offering customized education, training and career resource solutions. TCET is the largest on-site trainer in Ontario serving Greater Toronto, Canada and worldwide.

LINC Assessment Services and Home Study classes are offered through The Centre for Education & Training.
www.tcet.com

Ukrainian Cultural Centre

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Ukrainian Cultural Centre.
416.531.3610

University Settlement Recreation Centre

University Settlement is incorporated as a non-profit and charitable organization. Operating since 1910, University Settlement Recreation Centre has the distinction of being the first community-based social service centre in the City of Toronto. The Grange neighbourhood is a culturally rich and vibrant area, and as part of this diverse community, University Settlement strives to meet the social, economic, and cultural needs of its neighbours and users through its many programs and services.

With a full-time and part-time staff of approximately 150, University Settlement has developed programs to address the needs of more than 30,000 users annually through diverse areas such as daycare, settlement services, employment counselling, senior services, youth programming, and English language classes.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through University Settlement Recreation Centre.
www.usrc.ca

Vietnamese Community Centre of Mississauga

The Vietnamese Community Centre of Mississauga (VCCM) is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 to serve the Vietnamese community in Peel Region. Services include settlement related counselling and services; support groups for women, youth, and seniors; interpretation and translation; and employment support services.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through the Vietnamese Community Centre of Mississauga.
www.cdvnmississauga.org

Woodgreen Community Services

Woodgreen Community Services began as an East-end neighbourhood centre in 1937 and while its mission has not changed, the breadth of services has evolved dramatically. From one location at 835 Queen Street, the organization has grown to more than 15 locations throughout the East end of the city. Woodgreen Community Services believes that the only way to achieve this mission is to work closely with its clients to understand the many barriers they face, and to help them access all the supports they need – whether these include housing, child care, employment training, help with a child who has developmental challenges or care for seniors right in their home.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Woodgreen Community Services.
www.woodgreen.org

Working Women Community Centre

Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) is a non-profit and charitable organization that provides immigrant women and their families with opportunities to improve the quality of their lives through self-development and community action. WWCC provides a range of services that include: settlement; language and training; employment; health and wellness; and public education and community development.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through Working Women Community Centre.
www.workingwomencc.org

York Weston Community Services Centre

The Mission of York Weston Community Services Centre is to provide culturally and linguistically competent needs based settlement services to newcomers to Canada. Its mandate is broad based and encompasses all newcomers in the Weston Road Mount Dennis area and beyond.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through York Weston Community Services Centre.
www.yorkweston.ca

YWCA Toronto

YMCA Toronto is a charity focused on community support and development. Its aim is to provide every individual in the community with opportunities for personal growth, community involvement, and leadership.

YMCA Toronto provides programs and services to help newcomers settle into a new life in Canada. The organization offers employment placement and support services, services for youth, women and seniors. In addition, the YMCA operates Newcomer Centres, where settlement information sessions and supports are available to all newcomers.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes are offered through YMCA Toronto.
www.ywcatoronto.org

Community Colleges

Centennial College

Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation. Centennial College has over 100 full-time programs, more than 160 part-time programs and 1,000s of part-time courses. The College offers full-time advanced English as a Second Language classes in two or three semesters and Enhanced Language Training. It offers Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Teaching English as a Second Language certificate program.
www.centennialcollege.ca

George Brown College

In its 40 years of being in the heart of Toronto, George Brown College has become woven into the economic, cultural and social fabric of Toronto. George Brown College is one of Canada's largest, most diversified and highly respected colleges, serving a broad and vibrant student body with apprenticeship, certificates, diplomas and degrees.

George Brown College is committed to serving newcomers through its variety of programs and services. The School of English as a Second Language offers training in language and communication through its intensive English as a Second Language classes and Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (TESL) classes. The college also offers bridging programs that prepare International Training Individuals for careers in the Canadian workplace. Programs include: Career and Work Counsellor program; College Teacher Training; Construction Management; Early Childhood Educator Bridging program; and the Research, Commercialization and Innovation Graduate certificate.
www.georgebrown.ca

Humber CollegeM

Humber College offers academic learning with practical experience. It offers a broad range of credentials – four-year degrees, diplomas, certificates, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships; 150 programs in 40 areas of study and eight academic schools; and three campuses. Newcomers to Ontario can access a number of English language training classes as well as employment placement and support services through Humber College. The English Language Centre is an important department within Humber College, as its programs are specifically created to help fulfill the various language needs of students. It offers a full-time academic English program and ESL academic/business writing courses. Humber College offers advice and services to Internationally Trained Professionals looking for direction in their employment pathway, as well as training, coaching, and work placement experience. The college offers a number of bridging programs for Internationally Trained Professionals to prepare them for careers in the Canadian workplace.
www.humber.ca
www.humber.ca/elc

Ryerson University

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult learning. It offers courses in the English language in several specializations: Academic Skills, English as a Second/Additional Language, English Literature, and English Writing Development. Its Gateway for International Professionals offers programming in several areas that accurately assesses newcomer skills and provides students with the education and experience needed to succeed in the Canadian workplace at all levels. The Chang School offers programs for Internationally Trained Professionals in the following areas: Accounting and Finance; Dietetics and Nutrition; Midwifery; Physiotherapy; and Social Work.

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and Science at Ryerson University has developed the Internationally-Educated Engineers Qualification Bridging (IEEQB) Program specifically for internationally-educated engineers to provide them with an opportunity to meet the academic requirements for professional engineering licensure in Ontario.
www.ryerson.ca

Seneca College

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is the largest college in Canada with more than 100,000 full-time and part-time students on campuses across the Greater Toronto Area. Seneca provides internationally and nationally recognized career education and training, key to graduate success in the global economy. Every Seneca diploma, certificate and applied degree program is developed to a high academic standard, in consultation with industry, integrated with information technology, combined with technical and transferable skills, and reinforced by opportunities for ongoing education and re-training.

Newcomers have access to a number of services and programs at Seneca College, including its Re-Employment Services for International Professionals program, designed to help newcomers find work through job search and career planning strategies; Job Search, Understanding, Strategies, Training (JUST) Workshops; LINC for Youth; and English as a Second Language for the Workplace.
www.senecac.on.ca

Sheridan College

Sheridan College delivers career-focused education and training across a wide range of disciplines to 15,000 full-time students annually at its campuses in Oakville and Brampton, Ontario. The college’s programs blend theoretical and hands-on learning, and most offer a co-op, field placement or internship opportunities to prepare students with relevant work experience before graduation.

Sheridan offers a number of programs for newcomers and immigrants interested in enhancing their English or looking to secure employment. The college currently offers Language Instruction to Newcomers to Canada English classes, English as Second Language classes, Enhanced Language Training, and Academic Upgrading. Employment placement and support services are also available through Seneca; including Job coaching and placement, Second Career Strategy, and mentoring services. A Job Finding Club and career planning for International Trained Individuals is also available for newcomers to access.
www.sheridanc.on.ca

School Boards

DURHAM REGION

DURHAM CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

The Durham Region Catholic District School Board offers day and evening English classes from basic to advanced levels, TOEFL Preparation, Citizenship Preparation, Computers for ESL and Speaking English With Confidence are also available. Classes are offered  in Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby. Childmind is available at the Ajax and Whitby location for those who qualify.
www.con-ed.ca


PEEL REGION

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for newcomer children enroled in school. It also provides a number of ESL classes for adults at all skill levels from beginner and literacy classes to advanced, conversation classes, citizenship preparation classes, and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation. Co-op programs, computerized accounting, and computer courses are also available to adult learners.
www.dpcdsb.org

Peel District School Board

The Peel District School Board (PDSB) serves more than 150,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12. Operating 332 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, PDSB offers ESL classes at all levels and also provides listening and speaking classes, reading and writing courses, computers for ESL learners, ESL Co-op for Accounting Basics, business English and customer service, and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation.
www.peel.edu.on.ca


TORONTO

Toronto Catholic District School Board

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) provides language instruction and settlement support services to adult immigrants to Canada in many locations throughout the City of Toronto during days, evenings and on weekends. TCDSB offers ESL at all levels, academic and workplace preparation classes, classes for visitors, and literacy and basic skills classes. Settlement services include orientation and information for newcomers, information workshops, assistance with completing forms and applications, interpretation and translation, and counselling services.
www.tdscb.org

Toronto District School Board

The Toronto District School Board offers ESL classes for newcomer children enroled in school. It also provides a number of ESL classes for adults at all skill levels from beginner and literacy classes to advanced including business skills, conversation classes, citizenship preparation, English for business skills and computers, and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation.
www.esltoronto.ca


YORK REGION AND SIMCOE COUNTY

York Catholic District School Board

The York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) services nine area municipalities - Aurora; East Gwillimbury; Georgina; Markham; Newmarket; Richmond Hill; Vaughan; Whitchurch-Stouffville; and the Township of King. It employs more than 3,300 instructional staff members who serve over 54,580 students. YCDSB offers ESL classes for newcomer children enroled in school. It also provides a number of ESL classes for adults at all skill levels from beginner to advanced, literacy classes, conversation classes, citizenship preparation, and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation.
www.ycdsb.ca

York Region District School Board

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) offers day and evening ESL classes from basic to advanced levels. It has a number of federally funded settlement workers in its schools to help students and adults. In addition YRDSB offers a wide variety of specialized classes to newcomers, including adult literacy and basic skills; LINC; citizenship preparation classes, and international programs.
www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca

Simcoe County District School Board

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) offers services to support families new to Canada and the Simcoe County District School Board, by facilitating a smooth transition for students and families entering schools from outside of Canada and providing support during their integration into Simcoe County and a new education system. The SCDSB Newcomer Centre offers adult ESL classes, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation, assists families with completion of registration forms, and introduces the family to school, community services, and adult and continuing education services.
www.scdsb.on.ca





 

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