Are you new to Canada?  Do you want to learn English? See what you need to know about registering for English classes at Circle of Friends.

What is LINC?

LINC is Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada. 

Who may attend LINC Classes?

  • Anyone who is 19 years of age, born outside of Canada and is a Permanent Resident or a Conventional Refugee.

What does CLB stand for?

Canadian Language Benchmark. The assessor at the CLARS centre tests your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. When you bring your CLB levels to us, we place you in the appropriate class.

For example: If your Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing skills are (2,2,2,2), you will be placed in the CLB 2/3 class. If your (L,S,R,W) skills are (3,4,3,2) you will be placed in the CLB 2/3 class.

How to register for class?

In order to attend English classes, every student must be assessed by the YMCA/CLARS centre.  In order to register please bring:

  • Your assessment from the CLARS centre with your CLB levels.
  • Your immigration documents (PR card, Passport, immigration papers etc)

What do I need to bring to class?

Paper, binder, pens, pencils, etc.

Are your English classes FREE?

Yes.  English classes are free for all LINC students. 

How old do you have to be to attend classes?

Anyone 19 years of age and older can attend English classes at Circle of Friends for Newcomers.

Do you provide daycare/childcare?

Yes. Circle of Friends has partnered with Wesley.  We have an onsite CNC (Care for Newcomer Children) funded by IRCC.

We have room for 6 infants and 10 toddlers in the morning and afternoon.

Are your teachers certified?

All of our teachers at Circle of Friends are TESL Ontario Certified.

The weather is bad.  How do I know if class is cancelled?

In most cases, if schools are cancelled, our LINC classes are usually cancelled as well. We follow the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board’s decision. You can check if our school is closed through Facebook: or our website: 

Please check the Radio or local TV Stations for information as well. Please remember, even if schools remain open, it is your decision whether to come to school or not.

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