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.
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.
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
Language and Skills Training Services, North York
Language, Settlement & Skills Training Services, Markham North
Language, Settlement & Skills Training Services, Richmond Hill
Language, Settlement & Skills Training Services, Vaughan
The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program is funded by the Government of Canada.
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Language and Settlement Issues
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
Finding a job
Cultural Excursions, Reading and Video Resources
School Board Contacts
Toronto District School Board
263 McCaul Street, Toronto
Toronto Catholic District School Board
80 Sheppard Avenue East, North York
York Region District School Board
60 Wellington Street West, Aurora
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?
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.