English as a Second Language
While Niagara welcomes immigrants who do not speak English as a first language, you will need to learn English to fully enjoy your new community, workplace and school. Several school boards and agencies in Niagara offer part-time, full-time, evening or Saturday classes to improve your English. Most classes run for six weeks. New classes are always beginning.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
Free classes are open to immigrants 17 years or older. Contact the LINC Assessment Centre at:
The YMCA of Niagara
129 Church Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3E2
to determine your language level. Licensed child care is available at or near some LINC sites. Students may be eligible for free child care or transportation.
English as a Second Language (ESL) for Adults
The above website will give you all the information you may need to determine if you, or a member of your family, are able to take English classes.
You will need to take the Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT) before you can start ESL classes. This test evaluates four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking in order to place you in a program suitable to your abilities, interests and needs.
You may also find it helpful to see a list of all the agencies that provide Enlish Language training in Niagara. Click on the Learning English link to see that list.