Programs & Services

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

COSTI’s Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program helps newcomers to Canada to learn the English language skills that are essential to their social, economic and cultural integration into Canadian society. This program provides students with a supportive environment in which they can learn a new language and explore different cultures. This program is offered at different levels, from Literacy Level to Level 7. Classes are available full-time in Toronto and York Region. Evening classes are available in Richmond Hill and Vaughan as well. LINC Classes for Seniors are also available on Saturdays. The LINC program is delivered by certified instructors. The LINC curriculum used by instructors has been developed based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Prior to registering for classes, prospective students must be assessed for eligibility and language level by the LINC Assessment Centres.

Services Available

Components of this program include:

  • Basic English communication skills developed through reading, speaking, listening, grammar, and writing exercises;
  • Computer aided instruction;
  • Cultural excursions to places of interest; guest speakers from the Health Department, Police Services, and other community support services;
  • Assistance in accessing resources in the community such as health clinics; retail and educational sites; and business and recreational facilities;
  • Child minding for toddler and preschool children; and
  • Transportation allowance (for eligible students).

Who is Eligible

Services are available to landed immigrants and convention refugees. Students must be 18 years of age or older.

Times

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday and Wednesday 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (York Region evening program)

This Program is Located at:

Language & Skills Training Services, Newmarket
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services,16655 Yonge Street, Unit 26
Newmarket, Ontario
L3X 1V6
Phone: 289.841.3032
Fax: 905.853.5743

Language and Skills Training Services, North York
Sheridan Mall, 1700 Wilson Ave., Suite 206
Toronto, Ontario
M3L 1B2
Phone: 416.244.9980
Fax: 416.244.0379
nyork@costi.org

Language, Settlement & Skills Training Services, Markham North
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, 8400 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 102-103
Markham, Ontario
L3R 4N7
Phone: 289.846.3645
Fax: 905.477.6478
esltmarkham@costi.org

Language, Settlement & Skills Training Services, Richmond Hill
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, 9325 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4C 0A8
Phone: 289.842.3124
Fax: 905.884.3163

Language, Settlement & Skills Training Services, Vaughan
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, 9100 Jane Street, Building H
Vaughan, Ontario
L4K 0A4
Phone: 905.761.1155
Fax: 905.761.2080

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program is funded by the Government of Canada.

Related Resources

View Workshop Calendars

Language and Settlement Issues

In striving to provide clients with a high level of service, COSTI staff make every effort to address, and assist clients with issues they may be facing as they begin life in Canada. Check back soon to find information that will help you cope with:

Feelings of isolation and feeling like you don’t belong

Dealing with conflicting work and family responsibilities while trying to attend English language studies

Accessing outreach programs, programs to help you understand the Canadian culture

Getting in touch with community groups that share your language or culture

Accessing social services

Enrolling your children in school

Securing housing

Finding a job

Cultural Excursions, Reading and Video Resources

COSTI has a large library of reading and resource materials, as well as detailed listings of monthly cultural events to help students improve and practice their English. Check back soon for a full listing.

School Board Contacts

Contacts – School Boards

Toronto District School Board
263 McCaul Street, Toronto
Tel: 416.397.3000

Toronto Catholic District School Board
80 Sheppard Avenue East, North York
Tel: 416.222.8282

York Region District School Board
60 Wellington Street West, Aurora
Tel: 416.969.8131

York Catholic District School Board
320 Bloomington Road West, Aurora
Tel: 416.221.5050 or Toll-free 1.800.263.2075

What’s the difference between ESL and LINC?

ESL (English as a Second Language) is funded by the Provincial Government. Eligibility is not determined by resident status.

The classes are open to permanent residents of Canada, convention refugees, refugee claimants who have a Study Permit issued by CIC, and Canadian Citizens. Tourists may also attend classes for a fee.

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) is funded by the Federal Government under Citizenship and Immigration.LINC classes are intended for permanent residents and convention refugees only.

The classes are free of charge and have on-site childminding for children 18 months to 5 years old at no cost. Students may also be eligible for assistance with TTC tickets.

Students interested in LINC will need to undergo an assessment test in order to determine the appropriate level to be placed in.

To set up an appointment for testing please contact the YMCA at 416 925-5462.

For more information about English as a Second Language classes contact the Toronto Catholic District School Board at http://www.tcdsb.on.ca or call 416-222-8282 or the Toronto District School Board at http://www.tdsb.on.ca/programs/continuing_education/esl/ or call 416-338-4000.