Canadian citizens can now take ESL (English as a Second Language) courses tuition-free at 17 public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs provide language instruction at basic, intermediate and advanced levels to people whose first language is not English.
Under the Canada-B.C. Immigration Agreement, ESL courses are being provided tuition-free to new immigrants, such as permanent residents. As well as ESL in the 17 public post-secondary institutions, this includes WelcomeBC’s English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) program in communities throughout the province.
The Province is extending this tuition-free policy to Canadian citizens at public post-secondary institutions, ensuring that they have access to the same opportunities as recent immigrants. The Ministry of Advanced Education will also continue to provide financial assistance to ESL students with a demonstrated financial need under its Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program (ABESAP) to help with associated fees, books, transportation, child care and other costs.
BC Government-funded ESL courses are offered at the following public post-secondary institutions: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College, Capilano University, College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, North Island College, Northwest Community College, Northern Lights College, Okanagan College, Selkirk College, Thompson Rivers University, University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver Island University.
To Learn More:
Information on ESL services in British Columbia:
Welcome BC programs including English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) for new immigrants: http://www.welcomebc.ca/wbc/immigration/settle/learn/index.page?WT.svl=LeftNav
Adult learning program information in British Columbia: http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/adultlearning/welcome.htm