Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

The LINC program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You do not have to pay to for LINC classes. LINC provides basic language skills. If you need specific language skills, you may want to consider a program that better fits your educational or career goals.

(Canadian citizens are not eligible for LINC.  If you are a Canadian citizen, please see our ESL Program.)

Solomon College currently offers CLB Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 for the full time LINC program.

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To be eligible for the LINC program, you must:

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada or Convention Refugee, or be a person in Canada whose application for Permanent Resident status is being processed in Canada and who has been informed by a letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada of the initial approval of your application subject to an admissibility assessment (this means you have approval-in-principle);
  • Be at least 18 years old; and
  • Take a language assessment test at Catholic Social Services to figure out which level is right for you.

You are not eligible for LINC if you are a:

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

  • To join a LINC class, you need a LINC card from Catholic Social Services.  You can call their Language Assessment, Referral and Counseling Centre: 780-424-3545.
  • Bring your LINC card and your residency documents (permanent residence card OR landing papers with passport) to Solomon College to register for CLB level 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.  We will put your name on a waiting list.

  • Classes run Monday to Friday, 9:15 AM to 2:45 PM.
  • Continuous intake: new students start on the first day of each month.

  • The LINC program will focus on the correct usage of the English Language in four key streams: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Training includes activities such as role-play, field trips and guest speakers, with a focus of orientation to different aspects of life in Canada.
  • Instruction focuses on helping learners to achieve a level of language proficiency that facilitates their integration into Canadian society, enhances their daily life, and prepares them to move to higher levels of skill training or enter the workforce.
  • LINC Instructors attend regular training arranged by the Federal Government and follow national guidelines on conducting classes, assessing students, and student movement.

Bring your LINC card (obtainable through Catholic Social Services) and register at the front desk. Spots are limited and we may hold your LINC card to place you on a waiting list.