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Adult ESL/LINC Eligibility & Assessment

ESL/LINC Class Schedule
English as a Second Language
ESL/LINC Eligibility & Assessment
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Summer ESL & LINC

ESL/LINC Eligibility

Generally, newcomers to Canada are eligible for language training at no cost. Eligibility must be verified when registering for a class.


To register in ESL or LINC programs you must:

  • be an adult, 18 years of age or older (if younger, with proof of high school completion from the country of origin)
  • be able to show proof of a current Ontario address (e.g., phone, gas, hydro bill)
  • have your language ability tested by a Language Assessment Centre (Y-LARC)


Status in Canada:


  • Canadian Citizens (those born outside Canada who do not speak English as a first language)
  • Permanent Residents
  • Convention Refugees/Protected Persons
  • Persons in Canada whose applications for Permanent Resident status are being processed in Canada, and who have been informed by a letter from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of their application subject to an admissibility assessment
  • Refugee Claimants
  • Temporary Workers or Students who have obtained initial approval for a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence
  • Foreign Domestic Worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program
  • Provincial Nominee (or Dependant) approved through Opportunities Ontario
  • Temporary Foreign Worker (or Dependant) approved through Canadian Experience Class
  • Permanent Residents
  • Government Assisted Refugees (GARs)

NOT eligible for LINC:

  • Canadian citizens
  • Refugee claimants
  • Temporary residents (such as foreign students, foreign workers or visitors)
ESL/LINC Assessment
All new learners  must have a language assessment completed at the Ottawa Y-Language Assessment and Referral Centre (Y-LARC)Learners may then select the school location of their choice there. Please call the phone number below for an appointment.
Please bring proof of status in Canada, proof of Ontario address and proof of immunization for children (if they are attending our childcare program).
Note:  Visitors, diplomats and international students pay $150 assessment fee.
Central Location:
308-240 Catherine St.
Tel: 613-238-5462
West Location:
1642 Merivale Rd.
Tel: 613-688-2150
What is CLB?  CLB web


To better understand the assessment & registration process in the ESL and LINC programs please watch our video explanation.
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