Language Instruction

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) courses help newcomers improve their proficiency in English to facilitate their successful integration to Canada and become fully independent.

LINC is a free language training program for eligible adult learners. It is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). We offer a supportive, friendly and welcoming learning environment where students can learn the language skills to:

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of different situations (shopping, banking, medical appointments, social interactions, landlord/tenant, emergencies, making a complaint, asking for help, etc.)
  • Learn about Canadian culture/society/values
  • Conduct their affairs
  • Access the job market
  • Further upgrade their education

Student and LINC teacher in the classroom

We offer full and part-time classes for beginner to advanced learners.  All classrooms are computer equipped, and students have access to computers both during and after class.

Free childminding is available for preschool children of adult language learners (6 months up to 6 years old). All our language instructors are TESL certified and experienced in adult education.

The LINC program uses the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) to describe your English language level in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.


If you are 18 years or older or have a high school diploma you are eligible with any of the following categories:

  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee/Protected Person
  • Persons in Canada whose applications for Permanent Resident status are being processed in Canada and who have been informed by a letter from IRCC of the initial approval of their application subject to an admissibility assessment.

Canadian citizens, visitors, workers, international students and refugee claimants are not eligible for LINC.

 “Success in Canada begins with learning English”

Class Schedule

  • Full-Time Courses: LINC levels 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
    Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Part-Time Courses (Morning): LINC levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
    Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Part-Time Courses (Afternoon): LINC levels 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
    Monday to Friday from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm
  • Part-Time Courses (Weekends): LINC levels Literacy, 1, 2, 3, & 4
    Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Part-Time Courses (Weekends): LINC levels 5 & 6
    Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Enrollment and registration                                                        

Registration begins August 15. Classes begin September 6, 2016.

Students must complete an assessment test at a YMCA Assessment Centre location prior to enrolling in an LINC  course.  To register for our courses, please contact us in person at our Victoria Park site or call us at 416-291-3248 for more information.

Students can join our courses anytime. Space is limited.

Care for Newcomer Children

Like adults, children often struggle to learn a new language and get used to a new way of life. Our CNC staff understand the settlement challenges of newcomer children and provide newcomer families with the support they need to adapt and succeed.

Child mindingOur LINC students benefit from free childminding services under the Care for Newcomer Children Program (CNC) for children from 6 months up to 5 years of age.

CNC provides a safe and welcoming environment where infants, toddlers and preschoolers play and learn. Our childminding facilities are fully equipped with toys, learning materials and space for physical activities.

All our CNC staff hold Early Childhood Education (ECE) qualifications. The Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto / LINC CNC Program is in full compliance with the Care for Newcomer Children Requirements and is monitored by CMAS.

Conversation Groups

In our daily lives, most of us speak more than we write, yet most of the time, English classes focuses on reading and writing, particularly on the first levels. If your goal is to gain confidence and be able to carry on a conversation in English, join our conversation groups to practice what you learned in the classroom.

MNLCT profile photos at Scarborough locationConversation groups can be a lot of fun. You will meet other newcomers, and the friendly and supportive atmosphere will raise your motivation and help you making the English language classroom a fun and dynamic place to be.

We offer three conversations group in our Scarborough site.

All levels / All languages (Fridays, 12:30 – 1:30 PM)

Students from all levels gather every week to socialize and make friends with the guidance of a facilitator. This group is a perfect way to improve your English conversation skills and discuss broad topics of interest, Canadian culture, and much more.

To register for our courses, please contact us in person at our Victoria Park site or call us at 416-291-3248.

Workplace Communication in Canada

The Workplace Communication in Canada (WCC) Program helps professionals in the Canadian workplace to enhance awareness and understanding of cultural differences in communication that result in better utilization of diverse talent and increased productivity for today’s global workplace.

Each year, the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto, in association with the G. Raymond Chang School of Ryerson University, offers the Workplace Communication in Canada (WCC) Program to a selected group of immigrant professionals.

The WCC program has been developed by the Chang School and consists of four courses designed to help internationally trained individuals develop the intercultural communication and “soft” skills required to succeed in the Canadian workplace:

  •  Effective Oral Communication
  •  Advanced Customer Focused Applications
  •  Effective Persuasion and Public Speaking
  • Teamwork and Organizational Behaviour

The program seeks to prepare students for meaningful employment and career mobility in the Canadian labour market through 39 hours of academic instruction, offering in-class and online formats in five (5) weeks. Classes are held on Saturdays, with an additional average of five (5) hours of online learning per week.

There are some eligibility requirements, such as immigration status, educational background, language proficiency and financial profile. Check this page periodically to find out more on dates & enrollment.