LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)

What Is LINC?

LINC has been an integral program at CIES since 1992. LINC is a free-of-charge program providing a uniform quality of English language training for landed immigrants and refugees. Qualified instructors offer English instruction (in reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to small groups of students as well as providing training about essential skills, life skills and cultural awareness about Canada. CIES offers the following LINC classes in a mix of full time and part-time programs:

Foundation L, CLB 1L, CLB2L, CLB3L, CLB4L, Pre-CLB, CLB1, CLB2, CLB3, and CLB4.

Students are expected to attend classes on a daily basis for the full duration of the program.  If students miss 2 or more consecutive days, or if their attendance is poor overall, they will be removed from the class and placed on our waiting list.  If students have work or other commitments that will prevent them from attending class, they should consider waiting until they can fully commit on a regular basis.

Students are assessed through Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA), a principled approach to classroom-based language assessment aligned to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. For more information on PBLA please visit To be eligible for assessments full-time students must attend a minimum of 4 months of class (6 months for  part-time students) and maintain a minimum 75% attendance rate.

On-site parking is also available to students for $30 per month (full-time) or $15 per month (part-time). Childminding services are available within our CNC program.



Am I Eligible?

  • Must be a Permanent Resident of Canada (PR), a Convention Refugee, or a Protected Person under IRPA, or a person selected to become PR with an approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Completed placement test at ILVARC or other IRCC-accredited Canadian Language Benchmarks assessments or placement tests.

When Is This Class?

Forest Lawn 1723 – 40th Street SE

  • Full-Time (Mon-Thur) 8:30 am-2:45 pm (Fri) 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Part-Time AM (Mon-Thur) 8:30 am-11:30 am
  • Part-Time PM (Mon-Thur) 2:30 pm-5:30 pm
  • Part-Time EVE (Mon-Thur) 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Part-Time WEEKEND (Sat) 8:30 am-2:15 pm

Whitehorn 3820 – 32nd Street NE

  • Full-Time (Mon-Thur) 8:30 am-2:45 pm (Fri) 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Part-Time AM (Mon-Thur) 8:30 am-11:30 am
  • Part-Time PM (Mon-Thur) 2:30 pm-5:30 pm
  • Part-Time EVE (Mon-Thur) 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Part-Time WEEKEND (Sat) 8:30 am-2:15 pm

Westwinds #311, 32 Westwinds Crescent NE

  • Full-Time (Mon-Thur) 8:30 am – 2:45 pm (Fri) 8:30am – 11:30 am

Semester Breaks

Stampede Break-2 weeks

July 2nd-July 13th

Christmas Break-2 weeks

December 24th-January 4th


Where Is This Class?

This program is offered at the following locations:

  • Forest Lawn
    • 1723 – 40th Street Southeast, Calgary, AB. T2A 7Y3.
  • Whitehorn
    • 3820 – 32nd Street Northeast, Calgary, AB. T1Y 7L9.
  • Westwinds
    • #311, 32 Westwinds Crescent Northeast, Calgary, AB. T3J 5L3.

How Do I Join This Class?

To join LINC, you must submit an original ILVARC Referral Form given to you by Immigrant Services Calgary. This referral MUST be for the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society.

Step 1

Book an appointment for an English language test ILVARC referral form. You can do this by contacting ILVARC at the following:

Immigrant Services Calgary / ILVARC
#1200, 910 7th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2P 3N8
Phone: 403-265-1120
Fax: 403-266-2486

Step 2

Bring your original ILVARC referral form (photocopies are not allowed) to one of the LINC offices, located at:

  • Forest Lawn Location: 1723 – 40th Street Southeast, Calgary, AB. T2A 7Y3. For more information, call 403-235-3666.
  • Whitehorn Location: 3820 – 32nd Street Northeast, Calgary, AB. T1Y 7L9. For more information, call 403-291-0002.
  • Westwinds Location: #311, 32 Westwinds Crescent N.E., Calgary, AB, T3J 5L3. New number coming soon.

You can bring your ILVARC Referral during the following hours (note: it must be addressed to “The Calgary Immigrant Educational Society”:
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am – 8:30pm
Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday: Closed
Office is closed on Statutory Holidays

Step 3

Submit your original ILVARC referral form and fill out the program registration form at reception. After that, receive a copy of the “While You Wait” document and wait for your call to start class.


If you are unable to bring your ILVARC referral form to the office (due to schedule, illness, childcare reasons, or disability) or require help in registering, use the “Contact Us” button on the left side of this page.

What If I Have Other Questions?

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