Learn or improve your English.
Immigrant Services at the YMCA of Three Rivers offers in-person and online English language assessments and referrals. These are provided at no cost to eligible newcomers who are interested in learning or improving their English language skills. You have to complete a language assessment first to access government funded language training programs or classes.
Language assessment based on the Canadian Language Benchmark
Information and referrals to language programs and classes and community resources
Who is eligible for language assessment and referral services?
Permanent residents of Canada
Convention refugees and persons in need of protection
People in Canada whose application for permanent resident status is being processed in Canada and have been informed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that their initial application has been approved
Foreign domestic workers admitted under the live-in caregiver program
Naturalized Canadian citizens
18 years of age or older
Referrals and Additional Supports
We can refer you to classes in your local community. We also have information and resources for language learning supports. We do not teach language classes at our locations.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
LINC classes are available through the English at First and the Conestoga College English Language programs, as well as at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) through St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres. If you are eligible, LINC students may benefit from transportation and child care assistance. If you cannot go to an in-person class, you may be able to learn English at home through the LINC HOME STUDY program.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL classes are offered by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.
Additional Language Learning Supports
Newcomers and agencies can contact us for information about:
Other language services, e.g. CELPIP
LINC, ELT, and OSLT programs
TOEFL and IELTS preparation
Bridge programs in colleges and universities
Benchmarks - how they relate to essential skills
Conversation circles and newcomer programs
We offer services online, by phone, and in-person. To book a language assessment appointment (in-person or online) please call us at 519-579-9622 or email us.