CUIAS has been administering the LINC English language program for over 20 years.
Our teachers are all TESL certified with over 25 years of experience. The Care for
Newcomer Children program is lead by experienced E.C.E certified
workers. Our LINC classes are offered at two locations:
2383 Bloor St. West
(Jane St. and Bloor St. W)
68 Daisy Ave (Vincent Massey School)
(Kipling and Lakeshore)
Full Time Day Classes 9:00-2:30 pm
· Levels 1-7
· Specialized class for seniors
· Childminding for children aged 2-5 years
· Certificates for citizenship
Part time Evening Classes 6:30-9:00 pm
· Levels 1-7
· Conversation and Writing
· Pronunciation Class
· Workplace Preparation
· Certificates for citizenship
What is LINC?
LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
- LINC is a free English language training program for eligible adult newcomers. The LINC program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You do not have to pay for LINC classes.
- LINC offers full-time and part-time classes, and some centres have free care for newcomer children while you attend classes.
To be eligible for the LINC program, you must:
- Be a permanent resident of Canada, or Convention Refugee, protected person, or have an application for Permanent Resident status in process with a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that you are ‘approved in principle’
- Be of legal school-leaving age within your province or territory (in Ontario, age 18).
- Take a language assessment test at a Language Assessment Centre, to determine which level is best for you.
You are not eligible for LINC if you are a:
Temporary resident (such as international student, foreign worker or visitor)
*If you are a citizen, refugee claimant or temporary resident, you can register for ESL classes (see information on ESL classes below).
If you would like to register for our LINC classes, please drop by our office Monday to Friday 9-5pm or call our LINC school: 416-767-0870
What is ESL?
ESL (English as a Second Language)
There are different types of ESL programs, designed for people with different goals and levels of English. Make sure you register for a program that is right for you. To learn more about ESL classes, visit the
Toronto District School Board website
- Enhanced Language Training (ELT) – Programs that provide job-specific, advanced level English training to adults. ELT is particularly useful for internationally-trained professionals.
- English linked skills programs – Classes that help learners develop English language skills while learning other business or technical skills, such as typing or computer skills.
- English literacy development (ELD) programs – Classes for people who speak a language other than English and do not read or write very well in any language. Literacy classes help to improve reading, writing and basic math skills in English.
- English for special needs programs – Classes that accommodate learners’ emotional, physical and/or developmental needs.
- English for special purposes programs – Classes that focus on language skills related to specific areas of interest (for example, workplace, or academic reading and writing).
- Job preparation programs – Programs that provide ESL training for those getting ready for a job.
- Occupation-specific language training (OSLT) – Programs that help newcomers learn the job-specific vocabulary they need to work in their field. OSLT is particularly useful for internationally-trained professionals.
- Private ESL programs – Classes at private language schools. Mainly focused on visitors to Canada and international students. Usually, you have to pay a fee for these classes.
- Test preparation classes – Classes that help you prepare for certain English ability tests, such as TOEFL or IELTS.
- ESL classes are free for:
Refugee Claimants or Convention Refugees
If you are a temporary resident (such as a visitor, international student or foreign worker),
ESL classes will cost you around $7/hr at the Toronto District School Board.
Other tests of English Language Proficiency
Here is a list of some tests that many colleges, universities, licensing and certification bodies accept. Check first
with the institution to verify what test(s) and test scores they accept. These tests can cost anywhere from $160-$300 USD.
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
The TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) has 4 sections that test 4 language skills: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. It provides information about your ability to communicate and participate in an academic setting.
The TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) is still used in some places. The PBT uses multiple-choice questions. This test has 3 sections: listening comprehension, structure and written expression, and reading comprehension. You must also take a test of written English (TWE), which is a writing test.
IELTS – International English Language Testing System
IELTS covers all 4 language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is available in 2 formats: Academic and General Training. All candidates take the same listening and speaking modules. For reading and writing, you can choose Academic or General Training. IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries. It is also recognized by some professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
MELAB- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
MELAB is a paper-based English language proficiency test that is accepted by many universities, colleges and professional bodies across Canada and the USA. It tests the 4 basic language skills. Preparation workshops, study guides and tests for people with disabilities are available.
CELPIP-Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
CELPIP is an English language proficiency test designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
There are two versions of the CELPIP Test: the CELPIP-General Test and the CELPIP-General LS Test. The CELPIP-General Test assesses your Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills. The CELPIP-General LS Test assesses your Listening and Speaking proficiency. CELPIP allows test takers to do the test via computer, using a mouse and keyboard to complete Reading and Writing components of the test, and a microphone and headset to complete the Listening and Speaking components of the test.