Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

Are you adjusting to Canadian life, and interested in improving your English skills?

We offer FREE English language classes for eligible adult learners through our LINC program, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The LINC program facilitates the integration of immigrants into Canadian culture and society by providing basic to advanced English language training that includes social, cultural and economic information.

When are classes held?

LINC classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday. Part-time classes are usually between 9 and 15 hours a week. Most classes operate Monday to Friday, but some classes have a combination of in-class and on-line learning.

What classes are available?
We offer LINC classes from Literacy to LINC 8 including Literacy and Blended Learning classes. Blended Learning classes combine in-person sessions with online learning that is facilitated by a teacher. At some locations, we also offer FREE child-minding while you attend classes.

How do I start?
If you are eligible for ISIP services, please contact a Language Assessment Centre to find out your English language level.

Please contact your local ISIP LINC location for more information.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is an Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program (ISIP) service.

LINC Class

In ISIP’s LINC class you will learn to speak and understand English for day-to-day life in Canada. You will learn English by speaking with your classmates and practicing your new language with them. Your class will go on field trips outside the school to learn about different places in the community such as the library, community centre, pharmacy or grocery store. Guest speakers may come into class to tell you about services in the community.

You will learn how to:

  • Talk to people in your community.
  • Understand Canada and Canadian culture .
  • Access community and government services .
  • Use English grammar and pronunciation.

You will also meet new people and have the opportunity to make new friends in Canada.


Literacy level LINC classes are for learners with a complete lack in reading and writing skills in their first language. Classes will equip you with the skills to navigate living in a complex culture.
In LINC Literacy classes you will learn to demonstrate emerging abilities in printing, understanding sound-symbol correspondence and reading survival words. You will also be equipped with the knowledge that print conveys meaning and, how to access information and language and feel comfortable and confident within a classroom environment.

Blended Learning

LINC Blended Learning classes involve an in person classroom environment combined with self-study online. If you are looking for LINC classes, but are working or have less time to attend in person, Blended Learning classes might be the right fit for you.

In LINC Blended Learning classes you will complete learning assignments in an on-line environment which can be focused on completely outside of the classroom. On-line tasks and activities are extensions on the same topics covered in the classroom, but provide more flexibility for learners to choose when to complete it. Students will also be provided listening or reading texts to listen to or read outside of the classroom. When they next meet in the classroom, students can discuss, write, present, or answer questions collaboratively. This allows students to maximize the time used in the classroom for learning and developing skills.


To be eligible for the LINC program, you must:

  • Be eligible for the Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program (ISIP)
  • Be at least 17 years old; and
  • Take a language assessment test at a Language Assessment Centre to determine which level is right for you.
Where can I find an Assessment Centre?

For people living in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, South Delta, Burnaby or New Westminster, please apply to:

Western ESL Services
LINC Assessment and Referral Centre

208 – 2525 Commercial Drive (Near Broadway Skytrain Stn.)
Vancouver, BC V5N 4C1
Tel (604) 876-5756
Fax (604) 876-0134

For people living in Surrey, North Delta, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge or the Fraser Valley, please apply to:

Surrey Language Assessment Centre

202-7337 137th St.
Surrey, BC V3W 1A4
Tel (604) 507-4150
Fax (604) 507-4155

Once you have taken the assessment test, please visit your nearest S.U.C.C.E.S.S. LINC location to register.

ISIP LINC locations:


Fraser Service Centre

#205 – 5838 Fraser Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V5W 2Z5
Tel: 604-324-8300

Granville Service Centre

#300 – 8268 Granville Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6P 4Z4
Tel: 604-323-0901


Burnaby-Coquitlam Service Centre

435B North Road
Coquitlam, B.C.
V3K 3V9
Tel: 604-936-5900

Coquitlam Service Centre

#2058 – 1163 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, B.C.
V3B 8A9
Tel: 604-468-6000


Surrey Service Centre

#206 – 10090 152nd Street
Surrey, B.C.
V3R 8X8
Tel: 604-588-6869


Richmond Language Service Centre (site 1)

#200 – 8171 Alexandra Road
Richmond, B.C.
V6X 1C3
Tel: 604-638-9881

Richmond Language Service Centre (site 2)

#230 – 8291 Alexandra Road
Richmond, B.C.
V6X 1C3
Tel: 604-638-9881