Sunday, December 16, 2007

Information for Newcomers Immigrating to Canada

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program provides basic language instruction in one of Canada's official languages to adult immigrants as soon as possible after their arrival in Canada, so that they may acquire the necessary language skills to integrate into Canadian society.

Who qualifies for training?
To be eligible under LINC a person must be: an adult immigrant (older than legal school leaving age); either a permanent resident or a newcomer who has been allowed to remain in Canada, to whom CIC intends to rant permanent resident status and who has not acquired Canadian citizenship.

What is the first step?
Before language training can be provided, individuals must be rated to determine
their level of language proficiency. The Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA) is used for initial assessments. It is based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks, a set of task-based level descriptors of English language ability. The CLBA assesses three areas of language ability: listening/speaking, reading and writing. Each of these skill areas has 12 levels of competency called Benchmarks. The CLBA provides an indication of the amount of training which may be required to achieve language competency.

Where can I go?


Community Development Council Durham
134 Commercial Avenue
Ajax, Ontario L1S 2H5
(905) 686-2661

YMCA Immigrant Services
22 Grove Street West
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1M7
(705) 726-6421 ext. 264

Assessment Centre
Centre for Language Training
263 Queen Street, Unit 14
Brampton, Ontario L6W 4K6, Canada
905-595-0722, ext. 4101

Grand Erie Learning Alternatives
100 Colborne Street
Brantford, Ontario N3T 6E2
(519) 753-6079

T.R. Leger School of Adult,
Alternative and Continuing Education
2 Belmont Street
Cornwall, Ontario K6H 4Z1
(613) 937-3984

YMCA – Rexdale Youth Resource Centre
1530 Albion Road, Suite 83
Etobicoke, Ontario M9V 1B4
(416) 741-8714

Guelph Multicultural Centre
319 Speedvale Ave. East
Guelph, Ontario N1H 1E4
(519) 836-2222

Settlement and Integration Services Organization (SISO)
360 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1H5
(905) 521-9917

c/o 97 Cataraqui Street
Kingston, ON K7K 1Z8
(613) 453-8144

Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA Language Assessment Centre
800 King Street West
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1B6
(519) 579-9622

Cross-Cultural Learners Centre
505 Dundas Street East, 2nd floor
London, Ontario N6B 1W4
(519) 432-1133

Assessment Centre
Morningstar Middle School
3131 Morningstar Drive
Malton, Ontario L4T 1X3
(905) 677-0007

Halton Assessment Centre
(Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown)
100 Elm Drive West
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 1L9
(905) 875-3851, ext. 227

Assessment Centre
2 Robert Speck Parkway
Suite 800
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1H8, Canada
Telephone: 905-279-0024, ext. 1369

Assessment Centre
(Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton & Oakville)
2 Robert Speck Parkway
Suite 800
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1H8, Canada
Telephone: 905-279-0024, ext. 1369

3233 Brandon Gate Drive, Unit 6,
Mississauga, Ontario, L4T 3V8, Canada
Telephone: 905-677-0007, press 1

Dufferin-Peel Roman Catholic Separate
School Board -- LINC Program
Mississauga, Ontario
(905) 279-6816

YMCA-YWCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre
240 Catherine Street, Suite 308
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2G8
(613) 238-5462

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

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

LINC Assessment Centre
143 North Christina Street
Sarnia, Ontario N7V 2A9
(519) 336-5950

YMCA of Niagara
129 Church Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3E2
(289) 213-5311

Church of Epiphany
85 Larch Street
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 1E8
(705) 675-8405

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

YMCA LINC Assessment Centre
Central/Main Office
42 Charles Street East, 3rd floor
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1T4
(416) 925-5462 or (416) 925-LINC

YMCA LINC Assessment Centre
North York Office
4580 Dufferin Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5Y2
(416) 925-5462 or (416) 925-LINC

YMCA LINC Assessment Centre
Scarborough Office
10 Milner Business Court, Suite 600
Toronto, Ontario M1B 3C6
(416) 925-5462 or (416) 925-LINC

YMCA LINC Assessment Centre
Rexdale Office
1530 Albion Road, Suite 83
Toronto, Ontario M9V 1B4
(416) 925-5462 or (416) 925-LINC

English Testing Centre
1410 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N8X 5B2
(519) 253-2724

Additional information
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

LINC Programs In Canada


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