LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FOR NEWCOMERS TO CANADA (LINC)
For permanent residents and protected persons, we offer English classes funded by the Government of Canada at no cost to the learner. These classes are called Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC).
WHAT WE OFFER
Learners benefit from:
- The option of full-time or part-time classes, during the day or in the evening
- The chance to practice English in a caring, non-judgmental environment
- Information to help get settled in Canada (e.g. housing, banking, citizenship, and how to get a job)
- A certificate demonstrating skill upon completion of each Canadian Language Benchmark level
- A certificate to use as proof for meeting the citizenship language requirement upon completion of a Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 or higher in speaking and listening
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK
Part-time classes for Canadian Language Benchmark 1 to Canadian Language Benchmark 6 are offered at the following times:
- Morning: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
- Afternoon: Monday to Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
- Evening: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Full-time classes for Canadian Language Benchmark 2,3 and 4 are offered Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
LINC for Seniors at Canadian Language Benchmark levels 1-3 is held in the afternoons Monday to Thursday. Seniors LINC classes are held in the fall, winter and spring with a break during July and August.
Waitlists vary depending on the time of year and the language level.
Free childminding is provided on-site for morning and afternoon classes at EMCN Northeast and EMCN Eastwood for children ages 6 months to 5 years.
For low-income learners, childcare is also available at no-cost in private daycares and day homes.
WHO CAN ACCESS THESE SERVICES?
Newcomers are eligible to access LINC if they meet the following criteria:
- Immigrant Albertans who are Permanent Residents of Canada
- Protected Person as defined in Section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, or
- Live-in Caregiver
WHERE IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?
LINC classes are offered at the following locations:
- EMCN Northeast 11713 – 82 Street NW, 780 424 7709
- EMCN Eastwood 12023 – 81 Street NW, 780 424 7709
- Canadian Arabic Friendship Association 9228-144 Avenue NW - a multi-level morning LINC class, Monday to Friday
- Ermineskin Community Centre - 2321 109 Street - LINC for Seniors
HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES
A LINC Card is needed to register for LINC Classes. To obtain a LINC card, an eligible newcomer (see above) must take an assessment test to get a LINC card. Newcomers should visit Catholic Social Services at 8212 - 118 Avenue NW and bring their permanent resident card to make an appointment for an assessment test.
To register for a LINC class, bring your LINC card and permanent resident card to EMCN Northeast 11713-82 Street NW or EMCN Eastwood 12023-81 Street NW during the following hours:
- Monday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Tuesday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Thursday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm