English or French Language Assessments
The YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Service provides immigrants in Canada with English or French language assessment for the following government-funded programs:
English Language Training: Literacy to Advanced
- LINC (Language Instruction to Newcomers to Canada)
- LINC Home Study
- ESL (English as a Second Language)
French Language Training: Beginner to Advanced
- CLIC (Cours de Langue pour les Immigrants au Canada)
- CLIC en ligne
- FSL (French as a Second Langauge)
Higher-Level Language Training (HLLT) programs
- ELT (Enhanced Language Training)
- OSLT (Occupation Specific Language Training)
- SLT (Specialized Language Training)
* YMCA Language Assessment reports are also required for many government-funded Bridge Training programs offered by colleges and universities and community organizations
What we offer:
- Our language assessments are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and the Niveaux de Competence Linguistique Canadiens (BTC). the nationally recognized standard that measures four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
- Certified Language Assessors will offer information on the language training options, class schedules and school locations and refer you to government-funded English and/or French language training programs.
- Language classes are offered by many language training providers in your community. Some language schools provide on-site child minding for children up to age 6.
How to make an Appointment
Please call 416-925-5462 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to book an appointment at one of the following centres.
Appointments are available during the day, in the evening and on weekends. It is very important to come to your appointment on time. Child minding is not available at the assessment centres.
An appointment for a language assessment must be scheduled in advance. The assessment can take from 1.5 to 4 hours. Please plan your time accordingly.
We have five locations in the City of Toronto to serve you:
Who Is Eligible?
If you are 18 years or older, or younger than 18 and have a high school diploma, you are eligible with any of the following categories:
- Canadian Citizen born outside of Canada
- Permanent Resident
- Convention Refugee/Protected Person
- Refugee Claimant
- Foreign domestic worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program
- Person in Canada whose application for Permanent Resident status is being processed in Canada and has been informed by a letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of the initial approval of their application
- Temporary Worker or Student who has obtained initial approval for a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence
What documents are required?
At the time of assessment, you must bring your most recent immigration document in its original form. Please check the table below for more details.
|Immigration Status||Required Documentation (original or certified copy must be presented)|
|Canadian Citizen born outside of Canada||Canadian Passport
Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Citizenship card)
|Permanent Resident||Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5509)
Permanent Resident Card (you must also bring the initial immigration document with your card)
|Convention Refugee/Protected Person||
Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
Protected Persons Status Document (IMM5520)
Urgent Protection cases sometimes enter Canada on a temporary resident permit called a Permit to Come Into or Remain in Canada (IMM 1263). The permit will have the words “Protected temporary residents class” written on it.
|Persons in Canada whose applications for Permanent Resident status are being processed in Canada and who have been informed by a letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada of the initial approval of their application subject to an admissibility assessment:||
Approved in Principle letter (pending verifications)
Work or Study Permits that include a notation indicating initial approval of a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence. The Work or Study Permit must have words like “Initial Approval of PR” written on it.
|Refugee Claimant||Refugee Protection Claimant Document|
|Temporary Worker or Student who has obtained initial approval for a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence.||Work or Study Permits that include a notation indicating initial approval of a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence. The Work or Study Permit must have words like “Initial Approval of PR” written on it.|
|Foreign domestic worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program.||Live-In Caregiver Work Permit (Case Type 20 for Nannies and Live-in Caregivers) issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.|
Note: All documents need to be accompanied by photo identification such as a passport, driver's license, health card, etc.
What Is the Procedure?
- An appointment for language assessment must be scheduled in advance.
- During the assessment, a certified language assessor will determine your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the most appropriate class level to help you find the most suitable language training.
- The YMCA of Greater Toronto does not offer any language training, just the assessment that is needed for it. Instead, language classes are offered by many different partner organizations in the community. The Language Assessment and Referral Service will provide the information you need to find the class that is right for you.
Important Things to Keep In Mind
- All Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)/ Cours de Langue pour les Immigrants au Canada (CLIC)/ English as a Second Language (ESL)/French as a Second Language (FSL) classes are offered at no cost.
- You can study full-time or part-time.
- Please remember that you cannot be enrolled in both LINC and CLIC; instead, you need to choose either English or French funded training stream (streams cannot be changed).
- You can study in-class or through LINC Home Study.
- Child minding is not available at the assessment centre. Some language schools provide on-site child minding for children up to age 6.
- An assessment is valid for one year (12 months).
- The assessment can take from 1.5 to 4 hours. Please plan your time accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions
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