The Centre for Newcomers will close its doors to the public as of March 16th but business, as usual, is still on-going. LINC online registration has been offered. Please complete the registration through phone and email. 


Please download the registration form below and email it with the following documents to


1. Immigration Document:  (Permanent Resident Card AND Landing Document)


2. Language Assessment: (ILVARC Assessment Report OR Latest LINC Certificate

                                        AND ILVARC Referral Forms)


3. Child’s Alberta Health Care Card if childcare is needed.


If you have any further questions, please contact Sarah at 403-392-0148.

In LINC classes (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), students develop the necessary language and life skills to participate actively in Canadian society. With a mix of language, communication and cultural exposure, the program goes far beyond simply learning the English language. Qualified instructors provided practical training to improve skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as essential skills, life skills, and a broad sense of cultural awareness about Canada. An online blended learning model was also successfully introduced. LINC classes are offered throughout the year.

Click below for the LINC registration form

Registration Hours:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday or by appointment 






Full Time

Literacy - 4

June 1 - August 21

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm / Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Literacy - 4

April 14 - June 26

Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Literacy - 4

Monday - Thursday 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

April 14 - June 25

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Literacy - 4

April 15 - June 25


1 - 4

Saturday 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

April 18 - June 27

What does the program offer?


  • Day, Evening and Saturday classes. Level Literacy  to Level 4. 


  • Instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing English


  • Information about Canadian culture and communicating at home and at work


  • Computer English as a Second Language instruction


  • Community field trips and special guest speakers ​

  • Community Based Childcare for Newcomer Children is available 



How will you benefit?


  • Learn how to effectively communicate in English


  • Communicate better at work and in the community


  • Learn at your own skill level and pace


  • Measure your progress using the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs)


  • Care for newcomer children, ages 19 months - 5 years for a limited number of students attending day classes​




Do you qualify?


  • 18 years of age or older


  • A landed immigrant or refugee who is not a Canadian citizen with a CLBA below 4 - 4 - 4 - 4

For more information contact: 
Marvinn Antonio, Student Support Specialist, 403.648.2239

To register for LINC classes:

You must first visit the Calgary Language Assessment and Referral Centre (formerly ILVARC) through Immigrant Services Calgary to
take a Canadian Language Benchmark English Exam.

#1401, 910 7th Avenue SW

This program receives funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Canada (IRCC)  


The Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) is an established guide for learners, educators and employers to understand a common assessment method for individuals who are learning English as a second language.

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks offers a brochure for learners in many languages and additional Information & Resources for learners on CLB

Immigrant Services Calgary is the only language assessment centre in Calgary authorized to determine eligibility for the federally sponsored Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program (free of charge for those who qualify). 

The Centre for Newcomers offers the Canadian Government's official Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) program. In small classes, you can learn the speaking, reading, writing and listening skills you will need for your new life in Calgary.


To register for LINC you must have a CLBA English Exam completed. 

English upgrading is also offered as a part of the Centre for Newcomers' training programs for EthniCity Catering Training.

Office Hours

Monday to Friday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

We are closed on Statutory holidays and long weekends



1010, 999 - 36 Street NE

Calgary, AB T2A 7X6

(located inside the T & T Pacific Place Mall. -  Please use the northeast entrance off of 36 st, 12 Ave NE. No access from 33 st NE.



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Phone: 403.569.3325