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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.


Toronto - Ontario

Toronto (Downtown): Language Assessment & Referral Centre
YMCA of Greater Toronto 20 Grosvenor Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5 Tel: 416-925-5462
Toronto (Etobicoke): Language Assessment & Referral Centre
YMCA of Greater Toronto Albion Mall, 1530 Albion Road, Suite 83
Toronto, ON M9V 1B4 Tel: 416-925-5462
Toronto (North-East): Language Assessment & Referral Centre
YMCA of Greater Toronto 251 Consumers Road, suite 110
Toronto, ON M2J 4R3
Tel: 416-925-5462
Toronto (North-West): Language Assessment & Referral Centre
YMCA of Greater Toronto 4580 Dufferin Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M3H 5Y2 Tel: 416-925-5462
Toronto (Scarborough): Language Assessment & Referral Centre
YMCA of Greater Toronto 10 Milner Business Court, Suite 600
Toronto, ON M1B 3C6 Tel: 416-925-5462


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

Association for New Canadians
144 Military Road
St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 2E6
(709) 722-9680

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
179 Queen Street
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

Multicultural Centre of the Greater Moncton Area
1299A Mountain Road, Suite 2
Moncton, NB E1C 2T9
(506) 858-9659

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).

Carrefours d'intégration ­ Island of Montréal

North Island
255 Boulevard Crémazie East
8th floor
Montréal (Québec) H2M 1L5
(514) 864-9191

West Island
181 Boulevard Hymus
2nd floor
Point-Claire (Québec) H9R 5P4
(514) 864-9191

East Island
8000 Boulevard Langelier
6th floor
Saint-Léonard (Québec) H1P 3K2
(514) 864-9191

South Island
800 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Est
(Place Dupuis) suite 200
Montréal (Québec) H2L 4L8
(514) 864-9191

Bureau de Trois-Rivières
100 Laviolette Street
Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 5S9
(819) 371-6011 ou 1-888-879-4294

Direction régionale de l'Estrie, de
la Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec
#400, 740 Galt Street
Sherbrooke, Québec J1H 1Z3
(819) 820-3606 ou 1-888-879-4288

Direction régionale de la Capitale-Nationale
et l'Est du Québec
930 Ste-Foy
Québec, Québec G1S 2L4
(418) 643-1435 or 1 888 643-1435

Direction régionale de la Montérégie
2 Boulevard Désaulniers, 3rd floor
Saint Lambert, Québec J4P 1L2
(450) 466-4461 ou 1-888-287-5819

Direction régionale de Laval,
des Laurentides et de Lanaudière
705 Trait-Carré
Tour C, suite 200
Laval, Québec H7N 1B3
(450) 972-3225 or
1-800-375-7426 (toll-free)

Direction régionale de l'Outaouais,
de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue et du Nord-du-Québec
430 Boulevard de l'Hôpital
Gatineau, Québec J8V 1T7
(819) 246-3345 or
1-888-295-9095 (toll-free)

Web site for Carrefours d'integration du Quebec:


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

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

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

Prince Albert Multicultural Council
17-11th Street West
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan S6V 3A8
(306) 922-0405

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
Wascana Parkway
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 5W9
(306) 424-4500

University of Regina
Language Institute
2nd Floor
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2
(306) 585-4585

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

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
Kelsey Campus
P.O. Box 1520
Idylwyld Drive North and 33rd Street
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 3R5
(306) 933-8355



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

LARCC - Language Assessment
and Referral
10709 - 105th Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 2X3
(780) 424-3545

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

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

Karen Ziemann Consultants
Medicine Hat, Alberta
(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

Gladwin Language Centre
3145 Gladwin Road
Abbotsford, BC V2S 5Z5
(604) 854-8160

College of New Caledonia
545 Highway 16
Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0
(250) 692-1700

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

Chilliwack Community Services
45938 Wellington Avenue
Chilliwack, BC V2P 2C7
(604) 792-7376

North Island College
Courtenay, BC
(250) 334-5000

Cowichan Valley Multicultural Association
3-83 Trunk Road
Duncan, BC V9L 2N7
(250) 748-3112

College of the Rockies
1305 South 9th Street
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
100-1875 Spall Road
Kelowna, BC V1Y 4R2
(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
508 Main Street
Penticton, BC V2A 5C7
(250) 492-6299

North Island College
3699 Roger Street
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8E3
(250) 724-8729

College of New Caledonia
3330 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
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N3
(250) 804-8888

Timeline Data Solutions
250-7525 King George Highway
Surrey, BC V3W 5A8
(604) 507-4150

Western ESL Services
Suite 208
2525 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 4C1
(604) 876-5756

Vernon and District Immigrant Services Society
100-3003- 30th Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9J5
(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

Aurora College
5004 54th Street
Yellowknife, NWT X1A 2R3
(867) 920-3034

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.

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