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Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

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Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC)
  • Provides assessment of English language proficiency for eligible newcomers
  • Provides daytime classes for English language instruction levels 1-7, as well as literacy
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre
  • Provides eligibility screening, language skills assessment and referral to government-funded English language programs including Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), LINC Home Study, English as a Second Language (ESL), Enhanced Language Training (ELT), Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT), and Specialized Language Training (SLT)
Hours of Operation
0900 - 1630
0900 - 1630
0900 - 1630
0900 - 1630
0900 - 1630

Office Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm
Language Instruction for Newcomers
  • Must be a Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee, but not yet a Canadian citizen
  • Some exceptions apply; call for eligibility determination

Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre
Adults 18 years or older are eligible if they meet one of these criteria:
  • Canadian citizens born outside of Canada
  • permanent resident
  • Convention refugees
  • protected persons or refugee claimants
  • workers admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program
  • applicants under other programs holding the initial letter of approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Age Requirements: Ages: 18 year(s) and up;
Application Process
Language Instruction for Newcomers
  • Language test (CLBA, CLBPT, Literacy) will determine the appropriate level
  • LINC assessment and instruction for Thunder Bay
  • LINC assessment and Home Study for Thunder Bay District
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre
  • Call ahead to verify eligibility, book assessment appointment and confirm documents (Permanent Resident (PR) card or Landing paper with passport) to access service
None ; Fee assistance available for Transportation Assistance - Bus pass may be provided; Day Care may be provided if spaces are available ; assistance is provided by Thunder Bay Multicultural Association.
Documents Required
May require Permanent Resident (PR) card or Landing paper with passport
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Legal Status
Nonprofit - Incorporated
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
July 13, 2021