Language Training

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

Who is eligible?

The LINC program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and is for adults (18 years and older), permanent residents and convention refugees (for some other eligible immigration categories, please call the office).
The purpose of the LINC Program is to help newcomers to Canada learn English (at different levels of proficiency), to adapt effectively to Canadian society.


LINC classes offer English instructions to newcomer learners, based on the LINC curriculum that encompasses a wide range of topics through which the language is taught. Information about life in Canada is provided, with a focus on social and cultural issues and, through a variety of field trips, the program links learners to the community. Some topics include: Canadian culture and Canadian laws, community and government services, education, employment, family and relationships, health and safety, banking, customer services, travel and transportation, etc. Students in the LINC program are provided with both language training and settlement skills. There are various workshops, too, with guest speakers who are experts in different fields that provide valuable additional information and knowledge to the LINC participants.

How to register:

Anyone wishing to join a LINC class must first undergo a language assessment that identifies the client’s language and training needs. LINC clients must be assessed at:

National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA
Language Assessment Resource Centre
Suite 308, 240 Catherine Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2G8

Please call 613- 238 5462 to make an appointment. Please bring the following documents with you when you go to the Language Assessment & Resource Centre:

  • Permanent Resident card (PR card) or Immigration paper
  • Proof of address in Ontario (e.g. driver license, bank statement, bills, etc.)

Please mention that you would like to take LINC at OCCSC.

Registration for LINC classes at OCCSC:

Please bring the following documents with you:
PR card or other immigration documents
Proof of address in Ontario (driver’s license, bank statement, hydro bills, etc.)
Your assessment result for registration.

Our office is located at 400 Cooper St., Suite 2000. For registration and information, please call: 613 – 235 – 4875, ext. 126/128/142

LINC on-line (Zoom) classes schedule

CLB level 2/3 – Mon/Wed/Fri – 9:30-12:30
CLB level ½ – Mon/Wed/Fri – 9:00-12:00
CLB level ½ – Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu – 9:45-12:45
CLB level 2/3 – Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu – 9:30-12:30
CLB level ½ – Tue/Wed/Thu – 1:00-4:00
CLB level 2/3 – Tue/Thu – 10:00-1:00
CLB level ¾ – Tue/Thu – 9:30-12:30
CLB level ¾ – Tue/Thu – 4:30-7:30
CLB level 5+ – Tue/Thu – 10:00-1:00
CLB level ¾ – Mon/Wed – 1:30-4:30
CLB level 1 – Thursday – 1:00-4:00
CLB level ½ – Saturday – 10:00-1:00
CLB level ¾ – Saturday – 9:30-12:30
CLB level 4/5 – Mon/Wed – 9:00-12:00
CLB level 4/5 – Friday – 1:00-4:00
CLB level 2/3 – Thursday – 1:00-4:00