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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 Ontario address
  • have your language ability evaluated 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 and register in person.
Please bring proof of status in Canada, proof of Ontario address and proof of immunization for children (if they are attending our childcare program).
Central Location:
308-240 Catherine St.
Tel: 613-238-5462
West Location:
1642 Merivale Rd.
Tel: 613-688-2150
Note: Visitors, diplomats and international students can be also assessed at Y-LARC for $125. Please call the school for more information or for help to make an assessment appointment at Y-LARC.