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​​​​​​Learning English


You can choose from a variety of adult language training classes to help you develop the English language skills you will need to work and live in Halton.


FREE language training instruction includes:
    • ​English as a Second Language (ESL) -Programs are designed for specific skill levels, groups of learners, and specific purposes.​​
    • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) - Provides basic language skills. If you need specific language skills, you may want to consider a program that better fits your educational or career goals.
    • Enhanced Language Training (ELT) - Programs that provide job-specific, advanced level English training to adults. ELT is particularly useful for internationally-trained professionals.
    • Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) - Programs that help newcomers learn the job-specific vocabulary they need to work in their field. OSLT is particularly useful for internationally-trained professionals.


    1. The first step: to begin your language training is a Language Assessment, which determines your level of English as a Second Language (ESL).
    Language Assessment Centres – The First Step to Language Training
    Funded by the Government of Canada, ACHEV provides Language Assessment Centres provide language assessments at no cost to newcomers who are interested in learning or improving their English. 
    2. The second step: following a Language Assessment, newcomers are provided with a range of training options and referrals to classes that meet their language learning needs.

    Online Tools  ​

    The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are the national standards used throughout Canada for describing, measuring and recognizing second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada.

    Online self-assessm​​ent

    Other Resources for Language Assessment:


    Additional Resources


    Below is a list of organizations that provide English classes in the Halton community.

    HMC Co​nnections offers valuable multiple level programs to newcomers.  to newnewoNewcomers.  ​

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    Sheridan offers a variety of FREE programs and resources specific to immigrant education and job placement through Sheridan Centre for Internationally Trained Individuals (SCITI).

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    The Centre for Skills Development & Training provides services at
    no cost for eligible newcomers in Halton.


    ​T​homas Merton’s Adult Language Programs offers Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC).



    LINC is an English language training program for LINC eligible newcomers to Canada who cannot attend regular classes. The program is free and funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.