Improve Your English Skills Outside of the Classroom

What Is LINC?

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is an English-language study program for immigrants who know some or no English, and need to improve their English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. This is a free course for eligible newcomers. These classes are funded by the Government of Canada and are available to all adults over 18 years old in your family, not just those who are looking for a job.

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What is LINC Home Study?

LINC Home Study allows you to improve your English language skills in your own home, either as a correspondence course (your course materials will be sent through the mail) or through your Internet connection.

This program is for newcomers who live in an area where LINC classes are not available, for people who have young children at home, or for people who work and cannot attend class. The Home Study program also allows you to learn as quickly or as slowly as you need.

Newcomer youth and seniors also have the opportunity to participate in classes designed specifically for them. If you are between the ages of 18 and 24 and meet the eligibility requirements described below, you will have the opportunity to learn English through books and online materials. You will also have access to a youth-oriented portal and web-forum to connect and share with other youth. You will also have the option of weekly telephone conversations with a certified teacher.

Newcomer Seniors who are eligible for LINC classes also have access to online and print resources in addition to weekly classroom sessions guided by certified teachers. Study materials are structured around the specific needs and interests of seniors.

To learn more about the Home Study program visit

To enrol, you must take an assessment test to find out your current level of English language skills. (Please see “How to Enrol”, below).

After the test, you will be able to take your classes through the LINC Home Study program if you are eligible. Please note: due to limited space, you will probably be added to a waiting list for the Home Study program.

Who Can Take LINC Home Study Classes?

In Ontario, you are able to enrol in LINC Home Study classes if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A Permanent Resident, a person who has applied for
    Permanent Resident status and has received a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada stating you have initial approval, a Landed Immigrant, or a Convention Refugee
  • Have English language skills that are currently at CLB Level 3 (or higher) for listening and speaking, and a CLB Level 2 (or higher) for reading and writing
  • willing to study at least 10 to 12 hours per week
  • motivated and able to study on your own without teacher supervision

Before entering a LINC class, you will be required to take a free test to find out your current English language skills.

You are not eligible for LINC Home Study classes if you are a:

  • Canadian citizen
  • Refugee claimant
  • Temporary resident (including foreign student, foreign worker, or visitor)

If you are interested in learning English from home and do not qualify for LINC Home Study classes, visit the Independent Learning Centre (ILC). ILC is Ontario’s designated provider of distance education.

How to Enroll

Before enrolment, you must take a free English language test at an Assessment Centre located in your community to find out your current level of English language skills.

There are several Assessment Centres in Peel Region, the City of Toronto and York Region and Simcoe County. Your appointment will be booked at an Assessment Centre closest to you. To learn more about Assessment Centres and to find an Assessment Centre in your community click here.

When calling any office, please remember to speak slowly and clearly. It will be helpful for you to have a pen and paper ready when you call to write down answers to your questions.


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