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ELP (English Language Program)

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

We provide language training to newcomer women at our Danforth location within a supportive environment in which they can improve their communication skills and explore different cultures and orient themselves to the Canadian way of life. Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) since 1992, and focuses on the five most important language skills on listening, speaking, reading, writing and numeracy.

Program Details

Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) is a teaching and assessment model designed to enhance nationwide consistency and standards of quality in English training for newcomers to Canada. We are one of the pioneers in the PBLA training and implementation in Canada.

Currently, we have 4 classes in total, the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are from 1 to 7. This is a year-around continuing program, which runs from 9am to 2:30 pm, Monday to Thursday and 9am – 12pm on Friday. Besides the regular adult LINC class, we have a class for senior women, which is the first senior women class in Toronto. Not only do they learn English, but also socialize to avoid isolation and aloneness. Each learner has her own PBLA binder which is an instructional resource and contains a summary checklist of learner portfolio contents. The binder belongs to the learner and is provided by IRCC. The learner can review what she has learned in the class and know her progress as it tracks all the contents of learning and record of progress. Study of Canadian life is greatly appreciated by our learners and is always mentioned as a highlight of their participation in the LINC program.

As part of LINC program, we offer Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) program which is on-site unlicensed child care service for toddlers (age from 19-30 months) and pre-schooler (age from 30 – 60 months) children. We provide a safe, warm and comfortable learning environment for newcomer children. We are often the first place newcomer children meet other children from diverse backgrounds and learn a new language. Our program is culturally sensitive and designed to meet the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of the children. Childminding Monitoring, Advisory and Support (CMAS) is an authorized organization to monitor and support the child care services offered alongside LINC program. CMAS delivers inspection on an annual basis.


Only Permanent Resident (PR) card holders are eligible for LINC program and an initial assessment must be conducted at YMCA before enrolling in any LINC class.

Other Information

Transportation support is another benefit we receive from IRCC although the budget is limited. The support reduces some financial burden for newcomers who are at a no or low-income situation.