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Free English Classes for Newcomers

“Success in Canada starts with learning English”

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC Program)

Now available in-person and online

LINC is a free language training program for eligible adult learners. It is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). All our LINC instructors are TESL certified and experienced in adult education. 

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.) and gain independence.
  • Learn about Canadian culture/society/values
  • Access the job market
  • Further upgrade their education


  • Age 18 or older
  • Be a Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, Convention Refugee/ Protected Person or CUAET Permit holder (for Ukrainian citizens)
  • 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
  • Must be physically within the province of Ontario
  • Must have a valid Language Assessment (*)

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

* If you don’t have one we can book an appointment for you. Or you may contact YMCA / Tel. 416-925-5462 to book an appointment for the free test.

LINC Program Courses 2023 – 2024 Fall / Winter Session

Registration begins on August 21st, 2023.
Classes begin on September 5th, 2023.
Communication / Achieve CLB 2 In-person Sep 5, 2023 Mar 28, 2024 Mon to Fri 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Communication / Achieve CLB 4In-person Sep 5, 2023Mar 28, 2024 Tue/Wed/Thu 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Communication / Achieve CLB 5OnlineSep 5, 2023Mar 28, 2024 Mon to Fri 9:00AM - 12:00PM
COMMUNICATION / ACHIEVE CLB 7OnlineSep 5, 2023Mar 28, 2024 Mon to Fri 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Communication / Achieve CLB 6OnlineSep 5, 2023Mar 28, 2024 Tue/Thu6:30PM - 8:30PM
COMMUNICATION / ACHIEVE CLB 7OnlineSep 5, 2023Mar 28, 2024 Tue/Wed/Thu 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Communication / Achieve CLB 8OnlineSep 6, 2023Mar 27, 2024 Mon/Wed 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Free English Classes for Newcomers

Care for Newcomer Children (CNC)

For children 19 months to 5 years
Transportation subsidy for eligible students

We are happy to announce that CNC in-person is back, after a two-year closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.

CNC offers a great support to newcomer families by providing care for children aged 19 months to 5 years, while their parents are attending LINC courses at the same location.

CNC is a safety-first, enriching, entertaining and culturally sensitive program focusing on the specific needs of newcomer children. Activities include learning English, playing games, arts and crafts, music, dancing and singing.

Language Instruction Giving Hope to Trauma Survivors (LIGHTS)

An alternative language program for vulnerable newcomers who have difficulty with functional communication in English and have emotional, cognitive, or academic barriers to learning English in a traditional ESL/EAL or LINC class.
We offer flexible, dynamic groups and interactive classes adapted to participants’ need.

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“The people who work for MNLCT are not only professionals, but also have a deep sense of empathy, which is very important when dealing with newcomers.”

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Online English Conversation Practice Group

For newcomers with beginner level English

This activity is not currently offered.

Please check our website in the future, or contact us to find out when this activity will resume.

Jorge Silvestri / Program Manager
 (647) 812-1332 ext: #5251
Email: jsilvestri@mnlct.org