Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada(LINC)
Who is eligible?
The 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 Canadalearn English (at different levels of proficiency), to better and faster adapt to the
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, giving the information about life in Canada, focusing 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 & 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-experts in different fields that
provide valuable additional information and knowledge to the LINC participants.
Within LINC, there is a special program, Youth LINC, created and delivered to newcomer youth, from 18 to 29 years of age. In this program, young
students have an opportunity to learn in a peer-friendly setting, where the learning pace is usually faster, topics are appropriate to their needs and
interests and where there are other activities that are not necessarily included in the regular LINC program. OCCSC is currently the only service
provider in the city of Ottawa that offers this very popular program.
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
Permanent Resident card (PR card) or Immigration paper
Proof of address in Ontario (e.g. driver license, bank statement, bills, etc.)
Registration for LINC classes at OCCSC:
Please bring the following documents with you:
PR card or Immigration paper
Proof of address in Ontario (driver license, bank statement, bills, etc.)
Your assessment result for registration.
Our office is located at
381 Kent St., Suite 208
. For registration and information, please call:
Class Schedules* and Locations
613 - 235 - 4875, ext. 128 Amy Yi or ext. 126 - Wenli Zhu.
381 Kent Street, Suite 206
LINC 1: Mon. & Wed., 1-4 pm; Sat. 9-12 pm, Sat. 1-4 pm
LINC 1/2: Mon. to Thu. 9-12 pm; Tue. to Thu. 1-4 pm; Mon to Wed. 6-9 pm; Sat. 9-12 pm & 1-4pm
LINC 2/3: Mon. to Thu. 9-12pm; Sat. 9-12 pm & 1-4 pm
LINC 3/4: Tue. & Thu. 9-12 am;
LINC 3/4: Tue. & Thu. 6-9 pm;
LINC 5/6: Tue. & Thu. 6-9 pm
Ottawa West A Kanata:
2 MacNeil Court
, Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
LINC 1/2: Mon., Wed. & Fri. 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Ottawa South Barrhaven:
100 Malvern, The Walter Baker Sports Centre
LINC 1/2: Mon., Wed. & Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
* Schedules may change. Please call for more information.
is available at the downtown location only ( 381 Kent St . ), for children age 19 months to 6 years, whose parent(s) attend LINC in the morning.