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LINC Program

TNO’s Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program helps newcomers to Canada to learn the English language skills that are essential to their social, economic, and cultural integration into Canadian society. This program provides learners with a supportive environment in which they can learn a new language and explore different cultures.

This program is offered at different levels, from Literacy to Level 7. Classes are available morning, afternoon and evening. All our instructors hold Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESL) Certification, have expertise in Canadian Language BenchmarkS (CLB) frameworks and use the LINC Portfolio Based Learning Assessment PBLA guidelines for lesson planning. The LINC PBLA curriculum includes; everyday language for daily life, financial literacy, and Citizenship class components. We have enhanced the curriculum by including peer tutoring and inter-level activities, which provides mentoring opportunities between and among LINC Learners.

Prior to registering for classes, all learners are referred to local YMCA LINC Assessment centers for a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) assessment, which then determines the placement in the LINC class. Please call the YMCA Assessment Centre at 416-925-5462 to book an assessment test. 

Who is Eligible?

Classes are FREE for Landed Immigrants, Permanent Residents, and Convention Refugees. 

Program Time:

Morning Program:
Mon – Fri, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Afternoon Program:
Mon – Fri, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Evening Program:
Mon – Wed, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Contact Details

Sadia Zafar, Manager Language Skills Development Programs
Phone: 416-467-0126

Program Components

  • English communication skills developed through reading, speaking, listening, grammar, and writing exercises;
  • Computer aided instruction;
  • Cultural excursions to places of interest; guest speakers from the Health Department, Police Services, and other community support services;
  • Assistance in accessing resources in the community such as health clinics; retail and educational sites; and business and recreational facilities;
  • Care for Newcomer children toddler and preschool aged; and
  • Transportation allowance (for eligible learners).

Care for Newcomer Children (CNC)

As part of the LINC program and to ensure accessibility, child-minding services are provided. This is not daycare as it is only provided while the parent is in class. Learning through play is the most imperative pillar of TNO CNC Program to support the settlement of the child and family. Through fun, educational activities, children have the opportunity to thrive in all developmental areas, at their individual pace. The curriculum will allow children to explore Canada’s language and culture at a speed that is appropriate to their interests, skill level and age. Our CNC staff includes Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and we work with our EarlyON child and family centre staff to provide activities based on child development theories.