Language Assessment and Referral Services

Interested in improving your English or French language skills? You’ve come to the right place!

We provide immigrants in Canada with English and French online and in-person language assessments for government-funded programs at no cost.

or call us 416-925-5462

About our services

  • The YMCA of Greater Toronto does not offer any language training, just the assessment that is needed to join language training programs.
  • Our language assessments are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) (PDF) and the Niveaux de Competence Linguistique Canadiens (BTC-NCLC), the nationally recognized standard that measures speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • A certified language assessor will refer you to government-funded English and/or French programs offered by community partners.

Impact on community

What people are saying

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Government-Funded Programs

The YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Service provides immigrants in Canada with English or French language assessment for the following government-funded programs:

* YMCA Language Assessment reports are also required for many government-funded Ontario Bridge Training Programs offered by colleges and universities and community organizations

More information:

What Documents Do I Need?

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)
Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5509)
Letter of Notice of Decision from the IRB confirming that the client has been determined to be a Convention Refugee.

Protection Persons:
Letters issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada indicating that a client’s application for protection has been allowed (successful Pre-Removal Risk Assessment PRRA).

Protected Persons Status Document (IMM5520)

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 issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Note:All documents must be accompanied by photo identification such as a passport, driver's license, etc.

Am I Eligible?

If you are 18 years or older, or younger than 18 and have a high school diploma, you are eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • 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

How the Assessment Process Works?

  • All government-funded programs (LINC, CLIC, ESL, FSL) are offered at no cost.
  • All language assessment appointments must be scheduled in advance.
  • In-person assessments are offered at the five Language Assessment and Referral Centres.
  • You can study full-time or part-time.
  • Childminding is not available at the assessment centre. However, some language schools deliver Care for Newcomer Children programming online.
  • An assessment is temporarily extended to be valid for 24 months. If you have a previous valid language assessment, a re-assessment is not required. Your assessor can refer you to in-person and online government-funded English, French and higher-level language training programs.

Important Things to Keep in Mind

A person must meet requirements to participate in English and French assessments. After the assessments, an assessor will refer a client to available English, French or Higher-Level Language Training (HLLT) programs. These programs were listed above under ‘Government-Funded Programs’.

Locations

North York YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services
YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre
4580 Dufferin Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto ON M3H 5Y2

Etobicoke YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services
YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre
1530 Albion Rd, Toronto, ON M9V 1B4

Toronto Consumers YMCA Immigrant Services
YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre
251 Consumers Rd., Unit 110    Toronto, ON  M2J 4R3

Central YMCA
YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre
365 Bloor Street East, 18th floor. Toronto, ON M4W 3L4

Scarborough Milner YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services
YMCA Language Assessment & Referral Centre
10 Milner Business Court, Suite 600 Toronto, ON M1B 3C6
 

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When he came to Canada from Sri Lanka, Moses wanted to fit in, feel accepted, and help support his family financially.

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Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada / Financé par : Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada
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