What is Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program?
LINC is a free language training program for eligible adult learners.
The LINC program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not have to pay to for LINC classes. LINC provides basic language skills. If you need specific language skills, you may want to consider a program that better fits your educational or career goals.
LINC offers both full- and part-time classes, and some centres have free child-minding while you attend classes. Remember, every adult in your family can take LINC classes if they are eligible, not just the person who is looking for work, and not just the principal applicant.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for the LINC program, you must:
- Be a permanent resident of Canada, or Convention Refugee, or be a person in Canada whose application for Permanent Resident status is being processed in Canada and who has been informed by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of your application subject to an admissibility assessment (this means you have approval-in-principle);
- Be of legal school-leaving age within your province or territory (in Ontario, age 18); and
- Take a language assessment test at a LINC Assessment Centre , to figure out which level is right for you.
You are not eligible for LINC if you are a:
- Canadian citizen
- Refugee claimant
- Temporary resident (such as foreign student, foreign worker or visitor)
Free English Classes
SOMALI IMMIGRANT AID ORGANIZATION
S.I.A.O LINC PROGRAM
1778 WESTON ROAD Suite 105, 2nd floor
TORONTO, ON M9N 1V8
FREE English Classes
Monday to Friday
9:00a.m. - 2:30p.m.
LINC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
SEPARATE LITERACY CLASS
ALL LINC CLIENTS WILL BE ASSESSED BEFORE BEING PLACED IN LINC CLASS.
OUR OFFICE WILL ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT FOR PLACEMENT AT THE YMCA.
Our LINC program is designed to provide a Basic English language instruction to adult newcomers who reside in Toronto and also facilitate social, cultural, and economic integration of these immigrants and refugees into the mainstream Canadian society. In addition, our LINC curriculum includes information that helps newcomers integrate into the Canadian way of life. This, in turn, helps them to become active participating members of the Canadian society as soon as possible. For many, our center is not just a place of learning; it is a place to access other important services and referrals such as counselling, immigration, housing, settlement, translation, and employment. The students at our center feel that we have become an extended member of their family. We are readily available to help support them effectively and adequately.