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Language Assessment

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.

Our Services:

  • 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

  • Refugee claimants

  • 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

  • ESL programs

  • Credit courses

  • TOEFL and IELTS preparation

  • Bridge programs in colleges and universities

  • Literacy programs

  • Benchmarks - how they relate to essential skills

  • Conversation circles and newcomer programs

French Language Assessment

Click here for information on French Language Assessments.

Contact Us

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.

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