LINC stands for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada. The LINC program is one of the immigrant settlement services provided through the National Settlement Program. It is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and is free to students. LINC provides basic and intermediate level English training for adult newcomers to Canada.

You can take LINC if you are a Permanent resident and 17 years or older.

Below are the steps to register.

Step 1 – Complete an Assessment

Before you can enroll in a LINC program, you must complete a language assessment.

Photocopy your relevant Canadian Status Document (see instructions in LINC brochure and application form)

Bring the form and relevant documents to the Assessment and Referral Centre listed below.

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

Western ESL Services

LINC Assessment and Referral Centre
#208 – 2525 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 4C1
Tel: 604-876-5756 Fax: 604 876-0134

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

Surrey Language Assessment Centre

LINC Assessment and Referral Centre
#202 – 7337 137th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 1A4
Tel: 604 507-4150 Fax: 604-507-4155

People living in Langley, apply to:

New Directions Vocational Testing and Counselling Services
5566-204th Street 
Langley, BC V3A 1Z5
Tel: 604-530-0535 Fax: 604-532-0561

People living in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor or Sunshine Coast, apply to:

#101-38085 2nd Avenue 
Squamish, BC V8B 0C3
Tel: 604-567-4490

Step 2 – Register for a LINC program

1. Gather the following documents:

  • Your Identification (Permanent Resident Card, or Government Issues of Proof of Status for those that do not have a Permanent Resident Card)
  • Your Canadian Language Benchmark Report
  • Your Care Card

2. Visit an ISSofBC location near you.

Not sure what to do? Watch this video for help.

Not eligible for LINC? Check out our fee-for-service English classes.