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 adult newcomers.

LINC teaches English to all skill levels, so you do not need to know any English to join.

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:

Vancouver Language Assessment Centre

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
#408 – 7337 137th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 1A4
Tel: 604 507-4150 Fax: 604-507-4155

People living in other areas may apply directly at the school in that area which offers LINC classes.

People living in Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast (Squamish) communities apply to:
ISSofBC LINC Program and Assessment Centre
101 – 38085 Second Avenue, Squamish
Tel: (604) 567-4490

Step 2 – Register for a LINC program

1. Gather the following documents:


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.