LINC Program

LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FOR NEWCOMERS TO CANADA
(LINC PROGRAM)


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program offers free classes for recent immigrants. These courses focus on vocabulary development, grammar, speaking and listening, reading and writing, and settlement themes. These classes help students learn English for day-to-day living.

WHO CAN TAKE LINC CLASSES? – To qualify for LINC classes, students must meet all the following criteria:
☆ Permanent resident or convention refugee (Canadian citizens are not eligible)
☆ 17 years of age or older

TUITION FREE – All LINC classes are free of charge.

FREE CHILDCARE – Free childcare is available to parents or guardians who enrol in LINC classes at our Edmonds and Windsor school locations. Through play, children will learn English and school readiness skills. To qualify, children must be between 18 months and five years of age. Space is limited and a wait list may apply.


REGISTRATION STEP 1 – ASSESSMENT TEST

Students must phone an assessment centre to make an appointment for a free assessment test.

Testing centre 1 Testing centre 2
Western ESL Services
208-2525 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 4C1
604-876-5756
— or — Surrey Language Assessment Centre
202-7337 137th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 1A4
604-507-4150


REGISTRATION STEP 2 – COURSE REGISTRATION

After the assessment test is completed, the assessment centre will contact you withing two weeks with the results. You must go back to the assessment centre to pick up a referral letter and bring the letter to our registration office. To register for LINC classes with the Burnaby Board of Education, go to one of our registration offices:

EDMONDS RESOURCE CENTRE

School location:
Room 209
7355 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC
Office hours:
Mondays 10:30 am
Wednesdays 12:00 pm
SOUTH BURNABY ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE (SBAEC)

School address:
5455 Rumble Street
Burnaby, BC
 
(The SBAEC office is located in the portables on the west side of Burnaby South Secondary School; it is easiest to access the office via Watling Street.)
Office hours:
Thursdays 11:30 am

WINDSOR NEIGHBOURHOOD LEARNING CENTRE

School address:
6907 Gilley Avenue
Burnaby, BC
Office hours:
Tuesdays 11:30 am
Tuesdays 5:30 pm
Wednesdays 2:00 pm


RESOURCES AND PARTNERS

USEFUL WEBSITES

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS

  • BC TEAL
  • ELSANet
  • AMSSA – The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies & Services Agencies of BC
  • Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table
  • Literacy Now Burnaby
  • BC School District Continuing Education Directors’ Association
  • LERN
  • Burnaby Board of Trade
  • SWIS Program Advisory Committee

ENHANCED PROGRAM DELIVERY PARTNERS

  • BCIT Nursing Program
  • Burnaby Art Gallery
  • Burnaby Family Life
  • Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table
  • Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
  • Burnaby Public Library
  • Canucks Family Education Centre
  • City of Burnaby
  • City of Burnaby Recycling Program
  • Coast Mountain Bus Company
  • Douglas College Training Group
  • Edmonds Community School
  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society
  • Peoples’ Law School
  • RCMP Auxiliary
  • RCMP GRC/Burnaby Detachment
  • VanCity Credit Union
  • Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene
  • Simon Fraser University
  • South Burnaby Neighbourhood House

STUDENT SERVICES

  • GT Hiring Solutions
  • ICES International Credential Evaluation Services
  • IELTS Testing Centre
  • BC Children’s Hospital
  • TRAC – Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre
  • BC Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD)
  • Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia
  • MOSAIC
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
  • Rotary Club of Burnaby