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English as a Second Language Classes

Our centre offers full time Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for adults of varying levels of language ability. Our LINC/ESL program facilitates students’ social, cultural and occupational integration into Canadian life.

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Program Information

Our centre offers full-time Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for adults of varying levels of language ability. Our LINC/ESL program facilitates students’ social, cultural and occupational integration into Canadian life.

Eligibility Requirements

An eligible, free of charge, learner will be an individual:

  • Who is a minimum of 18 years with no upper age limit; and
  • Who is a Refugee Claimant, a Convention Refugee, a Landed Immigrant, and intending to Land or become a Canadian Citizen; or
  • Who is a provincial nominee, or their dependents, who has been approved through the provincial Nominee Program, but has not yet been processed to receive permanent resident status;

Registration is available by appointment only Monday to Friday.

All learners must register and provide a valid Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment which can be obtained from the YMCA – CLARS Assessment Centre.

Locations / Hours

Hours and delivery model have been modified due to COVID-19.

In Class:
Cohort 1 in class Monday, Tuesday 9 am – 2 pm
Cohort 2 in class Thursday, Friday 9 am – 2 pm

Location:
85 Church St., St. Catharines, ON, L2R 3C7

Online:
Monday – Friday

Interested in this program?

Please contact a team member for more information.

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Our Mission

We celebrate and promote cultural, social and economic inclusion and well-being of all immigrants and newcomers.

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