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Language Training


Language is the key!

The Government of Canada, in cooperation with provincial governments, school boards, community colleges, and immigrant and community organizations, offers free language training across the country for adult permanent residents. In most provinces, the name of the program is LINC, which stands for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada. This pamphlet lists the LINC assessment centres across Canada. These centres can assess your language training needs and refer you to the right LINC classes for your needs.

Most universities and community colleges also offer language classes, as do some private language schools and community organizations. You can contact these groups directly for more information. Remember to ask about fees, since these courses may not be free.

You may also wish to refer to the other two pamphlets in the back pocket of your guide: Finding Help in Your Community, and Key Information Sources.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program

LINC offers both full- and part-time classes to suit your needs, and some centres offer free childcare while you attend classes. Most LINC centres can also refer you to other language training classes in your area.

Remember, language classes are available for every adult in your family, not just the person who may be looking for work.

To find out more...

Contact your local immigrant serving organization or one of the LINC assessment centres listed below, depending on where you live.

Remember: when you use the telephone, speak slowly and clearly, and have a pen or pencil and some paper to write down information. You may be referred to another phone number, or be given other useful information.

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada
P.O. Box 13667
St. John's, Newfoundland A1B 4G1
(709) 772-5521

Association for New Canadians
P.O. Box 2031, Station C
St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 5R6
(709) 726-6848

Nova Scotia

Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association
2131 Gottingen Street, Suite 200
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5Z7
(902) 423-3607

Prince Edward Island

PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
P.O. Box 2846
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 8C4
(902) 628-6009

New Brunswick

English Language Program
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5A3
(506) 453-3564

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
189 Prince William Street, 1st floor
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2B9
(506) 636-4020


Contact the ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l'Immigration (MRCI).

Direction régionale de Montréal
415, rue Saint-Roch
Métro Parc
Montréal, Québec H3N 1K2
(514) 864-9191

Bureau de Trois-Rivières
100, rue Laviolette, R.C. 26
Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 5S9
(819) 371-6011

Direction régionale de l'Estrie
740, rue Galt Ouest, bureau 400
Sherbrooke, Québec J1H 1Z3
(819) 820-3606

Direction régionale de Québec
890, avenue de Lévis
Québec, Québec G1S 3E1
(418) 643-1435 or
1 888 643-1435 (toll-free)

Direction régionale de la Montérégie
2533, rue Cartier
Longueil, Québec J4K 4G5
(450) 928-5087

Direction régionale de Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudière
800, boulevard Chomedey
Tour C, bureau 200
Laval, Québec H7V 3Y4
(450) 681-2593 or
1-800-375-7426 (toll-free)

Direction régionale de l'Outaouais
259, boulevard Saint-Joseph
Bureau 101
Hull, Québec J8Y 6T1
(819) 772-3021 or
1-888-295-9095 (toll-free)


Social Development Council of Ajax, Pickering
132A Commercial Avenue
Ajax, Ontario L1S 2H5
(905) 686-2661

YMCA Immigrant Services
22 Grove Street West
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1M7
(705) 722-3365

English Testing Centre
Brampton Civic Centre
150 Central Park Drive, Suite 200
Brampton, Ontario L6T 1B4
(905) 791-6700

Immigrant Settlement and Counselling Services
320 North Park Street, Unit 2
Brantford, Ontario N3R 4L4
(519) 753-9830

Guelph Multicultural Centre
214 Speedvale Ave. West, Unit # 7
Guelph, Ontario N1H 1C4
(519) 836-2222

Halton Adult Learning Network
225 Main Street East, Units 3&4
P.O. Box 567
Milton, Ontario L9T 4Z1
(905) 875-3851

Settlement and Integration Services Organization (SISO)
135 Rebecca Street
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1B9
(905) 521-9917

The Limestone Board of Education ­ School of Continuing and
Community Education
164 VanOrder Drive
Kingston, Ontario K7M 1C1
(613) 542-7369

Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA Language Assessment Centre
25 Frederick Street
Market Square, Location 300
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 6M8
(519) 579-9622

Kerry Reade Newcomers Centre
171 Queen's Avenue, Suite 510
London, Ontario N6A 5J7
(519) 675-3401/3402/3299

London Cross Cultural Learner Centre
717 Dundas Street East
London, Ontario N5W 2Z5
(519) 432-1133

English Testing Centre ­ Malton
Dunrankin Public School
3700 Dunrankin Drive, Room 212
Malton, Ontario L4T 1V9
(905) 677-0007

Centre for Language Training and Assessment Testing
100 Elm Drive, Room 117
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 1L9
(905) 270-6000

Dufferin-Peel Roman Catholic Separate School Board
40 Matheson Boulevard West
Mississauga, Ontario L5R 1C5
(905) 890-0708

English Testing Centre ­ Mississauga
100 Elm Drive West, Room 117
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 1L9
(905) 270-6000

1315 Finch Avenue West, Suite 503
North York, Ontario M3J 2G6
(416) 635-9622

Ottawa-Carleton Language Assessment and Resource Centre
177 Nepean Street, Suite 308
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0B4
(613) 594-0351

New Canadians' Centre ­ Peterborough
205 Sherbrooke Street, Unit D
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 2N2
(705) 743-0882

LINC Assessment and Outreach Services
P.O. Box 29076
125 Carlton Street
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7P9
(905) 984-5001

George Perry Adult Learning Centre
660 Oakdale Avenue
Sarnia, Ontario N7V 2A9
(519) 383-8787

Sudbury Multicultural/Folk Arts Association
196 Van Horne Street
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 1E5
(705) 674-0795

Thunder Bay Multicultural Association
17 North Court Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 4T4
(807) 345-0551

YMCA of Greater Toronto
42 Charles Street East, 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1T4
(416) 925-5462

10 Milner Business Court, Suite 600
Scarborough, Ontario M1B 3C6
(416) 609-9622

English Testing Centre
1021 Ottawa Street
Windsor, Ontario N8X 2E3
(519) 253-2724

The Career Foundation
9050 Yonge Street, Suite 318
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 9S6
(905) 707-1555
1-800-477-4217 (toll-free in Ontario)


Citizenship Division (Manitoba)
5th floor - 213 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1N3
(204) 945-6300


The Assessment Centre/
Canada Immigration Centre
1871 Hamilton Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2B9
(306) 780-7786

Regina Open Door Society
1855 Smith Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2N5
(306) 352-3500

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
410 22nd Street East, Room 660
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 5T6
(306) 975-4619

Saskatoon Open Door Society
311 4th Avenue North
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 2L8
(306) 653-4464

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
P.O. Box 556 Albert South Campus
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3A3
(306) 787-1354

University of Regina
Language Institute
2nd Floor
Regina, Sask S4S 0A2
(306) 585-4971

Moose Jaw Multicultural Council
60 Athabasca Street East
Regina, Saskatchewan S6H 0L2
(306) 693-4677

Cypress Hills Regional College
129-2nd Avenue NE
Swift Current, Saskatchewan S9H 2C6
(306) 778-5477

Parkland Regional College
72 Melrose Avenue
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1Z2
(306) 786-2590


Alberta Vocational College
332 - 6 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4S6
(403) 297-4057

Calgary Catholic Immigration Centre
120 - 17 Avenue SW, 3rd Floor
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2T2
(403) 262-2006

Calgary Immigrant Aid Society
910 - 7 Avenue SW, Suite 1401
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N8
(403) 262-2656

910 -7th Avenue SW, Room 1401
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N8
(403) 262-2656

YWCA of Calgary
600 - 100 4th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N2
(403) 750-2525

10709 - 105th Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 2X3
(780) 424-3545

Alberta Vocational College
CLBA Itinerate Services
11140-131st Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5M 1C1
(780) 422-9061

Edmonton Catholic School District
7330 - 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1L6
(780) 944-2014

Edmonton Public Schools
10310 - 102 Avenue, Suite 100
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2X6
(780) 496-1203

Sue Mitchell Consultants
1722 Lakehill Crescent South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3H8
(403) 329-4578

Karen Ziemann Consultants
1657 31st Street SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8J9
(403) 527-5062

LINC Assessment Centre
202-5000 Gaetz Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6C2
(403) 346-8818

British Columbia

Note: LINC is called ELSA in British Columbia. ELSA stands for English Language Services for Adults

College of New Caledonia
545 Highway 16
Burns Lake, BC C0J 1E0
(250) 692-1700

North Island College
Campbell River, BC
(250) 923-9770

North Island College
Courtenay, BC
(250) 334-5205

Cowichan Valley Multicultural Association
8-83 Trunk Road
Duncan, BC V9L 2N7
(250) 748-3112

College of the Rockies
P.O. Box 376
Golden, BC V0A 1H0
(250) 344-5901

Kamloops Immigrant Services Society
206 Seymout Street. #110
Kamloops, BC V2C 2E5
(250) 372-0855

Multicultural Society of Kelowna
1920 Windsor Road
Kelowna, BC V1Y 4R5
(250) 762-2155

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Association
285 Prideaux Street, Room 114
Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N2
(250) 753-6911

Penticton and District Immigrant Services
7-220 Manor Park Avenue
Penticton, BC V2A 2R2
(250) 492-6299

Vasso Vahlas
140 McDermid Drive
Prince George, BC V2M 4T7
(250) 561-8378

College of New Caledonia
3300 22nd Avenue
Prince George, BC V2N 1P8
(250) 561-5826

Continuing Education
Quesnel School District
241 Kinchant Street
Quesnel, BC V2J 2R3
(250) 983-6900

Okanagan University College
P.O. Box 4500
Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
(250) 837-4235

Okanagan University College
Box 189
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N3
(250) 804-8888

Timeline Data Solutions
200-7525 King George Highway
Surrey, BC V3W 5A8
(604) 507-4150

Western ESL Services
Suite 102
395 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1A7
(604) 876-5756

Vernon and District Immigrant Services Society
100-3003- 30th Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9G5
(250) 542-4177

Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Road
Victoria, BC V8T 1A8
(250) 388-4728

University College of the Cariboo
383 Oliver Street, Room 301
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1M4
(250) 392-8001

Yukon/Northwest Territories/Nunavut

Director, Aurora College
Bag Service 9700
Yellowknife, NWT X1A 2R3
(867) 920-3034


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Please Note
This pamphlet contains information that was current at the time of publication. It features information from many sources, and should not be confused with official statements of policy or programming. The Government of Canada is not responsible for information that changes between printings.


© Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 1999
Cat. no. : Ci51-87/1-1999
ISBN 0-662-64165-5

Available in alternate formats upon request.

November 1999




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