Since 1991, CCLCS has taught English as a Second Language to immigrants and refugees through the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. LINC is a program created by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)to teach newcomers English and help them settle in quickly and easily. The LINC program at CCLCS is funded by IRCC.

Over the years, we have provided quality instruction to more than 13,000 newcomers, helping them settle and adjust to life in Canada. Classes are full-time and free to Permanent Residents and Convention Refugees at three different locations. Canadian citizens, visitors to Canada, and Refugee Claimants are not eligible for LINC.

Our friendly and helpful staff are trained and certified to teach all aspects of English, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. With a variety of interesting and fun activities, you can share your experiences and knowledge with others while learning about living in Toronto.

Class Schedule & Locations

We offer full-time classes, Monday to Thursday, 9:00 to 2:15 at 3 different sites

Classes are 9 weeks long, but we accept new students anytime, all our instructors are experienced and trained professionals.

  • CCLCS – Downtown: Level 3 to 6; childcare not available
  • CCLCS – North York: Level 2 to 7; childcare available
  • CCLCS – Scarborough: Level 2 to 6; childcare available

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for LINC/ESL classes, you must be 18 years or older and one of the following:

  • a permanent resident of Canada
  • a Convention Refugee
  • a Person who has a letter of initial approval of permanent residence from Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Canadian citizens, visitors to Canada, and Refugee Claimants are not eligible for LINC classes.

All  LINC/ESLstudents must go to the YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre for an English evaluation. Please visit the LINC Registration page for further details on this process.

Financial and fees

LINC ESL Classes are free to eligible individuals. To make it easier for you to attend classes, we offer:

Free Childcare: our Scarborough and North York locations have childcare for children from 6 months to 6 years of age.

TTC tokens: students who live far or who need financial assistance can apply for TTC tokens (number of tokens is limited).

French Classes and Services

Are you looking for free French classes? Visit this site for information.
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