To join the LINC class, you must be 18 years of age or older and be a Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant), Convention Refugee, or have Intent-to-Land Status (notification from the government that you have met the eligibility requirements for permanent residence). You must also be able to provide proof of your immigration status.
The LINC Program is hosted by Fleming College at their Bonaccord St. Campus. There are currently two classes: a beginner class and an intermediate/advanced class. All classes take place for 3 hours a day, Monday to Friday, from September through June.
To register for either class, you must first make an appointment with the Settlement Services Coordinator or a Settlement Counsellor. Please bring documentation of your immigration status with you to the appointment. You will then be referred to the Language Assessor for a mandatory free language assessment at the New Canadians Centre. At the assessment, your current language skills will be evaluated to match you to the appropriate language training options. Listening and Speaking skills are evaluated through a one-on-one interview, while Reading and Writing skills are evaluated by the use of booklets containing authentic, life-applicable tasks. You will then be referred to class or, if the class is full, placed on a waiting list.
LINC participants are eligible for assistance with childcare or monthly bus passes while in LINC class. If you are unable to attend daily classes, you can register for LINC Home Study. Home Study is a program for learning English at home with the use of CDs or the Internet.