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Free English Classes for Newcomers

“Success in Canada starts with learning English”

Pour des services d’établissement en français et/ou la formation linguistique en français, veuillez trouver des services gratuits pour les nouveaux arrivants près de chez vous. | If you wish to access French language training and/or French settlement services, please find free newcomer services near you.

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 2024 Spring Session

Classes begin on April 2nd, 2024.
Communication / Achieve CLB 2 In-person Apr 2, 2024 Jun 26, 2024 Mon to Fri 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Communication / Achieve CLB 4In-person Apr 2, 2024Jun 27, 2024 Tue/Wed/Thu 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Communication / Achieve CLB 5OnlineApr 2, 2024Jun 26, 2024 Mon to Fri 9:00AM - 12:00PM
COMMUNICATION / ACHIEVE CLB 7OnlineApr 2, 2024Jun 26, 2024 Mon to Fri 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Communication / Achieve CLB 6OnlineApr 2, 2024Jun 27, 2024 Tue/Thu6:30PM - 8:30PM
COMMUNICATION / ACHIEVE CLB 7OnlineApr 2, 2024Jun 27, 2024 Tue/Wed/Thu 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Communication / Achieve CLB 8OnlineApr 3, 2024Jun 26, 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

LINC Eligibility Test

LINC eligibility

Thanks for your interest in the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto LINC Program courses.

Please check if you are eligible for our English classes.

1. Age

Please check the next question.

Sorry, you must be 18 years old or older to be eligible for LINC classes.

2. Immigration Status in Canada

Please check the next question.

Sorry, you are not eligible for the LINC program.

Check other programs and services offered by MNLCT to find more options for you.

3. Residency

Please check the last question.

Sorry, you are not eligible for the LINC program. Please connect us when you are in Ontario, Canada.

4. English Language Assessment

Great! Please contact us to register.

If your Language Assessment has expired, you will need to take the new one.

Please find your nearest centre here

If you don’t have a valid Language Assessment, you may contact organizations providing the free test.

Please find your nearest centre here.

Please note that this Eligibility Quiz is only an informative tool that helps you understand the general program requirements. The final decision about your eligibility for the program will be made by the Admissions team after reviewing all your documentation.
Let us know if you have any questions. If you are not eligible for LINC, we can assist you to access other programs.