Improve Your English Reading, Writing, and Speaking Skills

Learning English is the biggest challenge for most newcomers to Canada. However learning English is very important to help you get a job and with your day-to-day life.

That’s why Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) funds free Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) English language classes for all eligible newcomers to Canada. These classes will help you improve your English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also learn about Canadian culture as you learn English.

What is LINC?

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is an English-language study program for immigrants who know some or no English, and need to improve their English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. LINC classes are offered at no cost to eligible newcomers These classes are funded by the Government of Canada and are available to all adults in your family, 18 years of age and older, not just those who are looking for a job.

The LINC program makes learning English fun. Some people may think learning English requires you to memorize and repeat phrases. LINC classes are different. You will learn English and about Canadian culture by doing activities in the classroom that are like real-life situations.

All classes are taught by trained certified teachers. You will learn English by doing different activities with the whole class, in small groups, and individually with the teacher.

Guest speakers from health and social services, police services, and other departments visit the classroom to teach you about services in your community. You will discover more about Canada and your new community by visiting local places of interest. These classes also provide information on how to reach these services in your city so that it will be easier for you to find the help you need.

There are several different LINC classes available, including part-time and full-time classes, for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Levels 1 to 7.

Many of the LINC classes offer free childcare and transportation to and from class. To enrol, you must take an assessment test to find out your current level of English language skills. (Please see “How to Enrol”, below.)

Who can take LINC Classes?

In Ontario, you are able to enrol in LINC classes if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A Permanent Resident, a person who has applied for Permanent Resident status and has received a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada stating you have initial approval, a Landed Immigrant, or a Convention Refugee
  • Have English language skills that are currently at CLB Level 1 to 6 or higher

Before entering a LINC class, you will be required to take a free test to find out your current English language skills.

You are not eligible for LINC classes if you are a:

  • Canadian citizen
  • Refugee claimant
  • Temporary resident (including foreign student, foreign worker, or visitor)

If you do not qualify for LINC classes, there are a number of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes available in your community. Click here to read more about English as a Second Language classes.

How to Enroll

Before enrolment, you must take a free English language test at an Assessment Centre located in your community to find out your current level of English language skills.

There are several Assessment Centres in Peel Region, the City of Toronto and York Region and Simcoe County. Your appointment will be booked at an Assessment Centre closest to you. To learn more about Assessment Centres and to find an Assessment Centre in your community click here.

When calling any office, please remember to speak slowly and clearly. It will be helpful for you to have a pen and paper ready when you call to write down answers to your questions.

Click here to find a LINC class near you.


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