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Literacy Foundations classes are TUITION-FREE for all students who:
- Are 17 years of age or older*
- Are resident in B.C.
- Are Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees (including GAR), or have a valid Work Permit
*Students attending secondary schools can also take Literacy Foundations courses.

International Students may take Literacy Foundations classes for a fee - Please call 604.936.4261 to register.

All students must complete an English language assessment prior to registering for classes.
Click here for Foundations English Language Assessment & Registration Information.

Are You A Newcomer to Canada? LINC might be for you!

What are LINC Classes?

LINC classes will help you improve your English skills. 

You will also learn about Canadian laws, health care, Canadian society, the job market and many other things that are important for a successful life in Canada.

In upper LINC levels you will become more prepared to qualify for training or employment.  To work in Canada, you may need to take classes beyond LINC in order to work in your particular field.

Students who complete LINC 8 may wish to take high school credit classes or Business, Careers & Job Skills classes.

Click here for more information about our LINC classes and how to register.

Who Can Take LINC Classes?

Newcomers to Canada 17 years or age or older and approved for permanent residence. 
All LINC classes are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  Canadian citizens, temporary visitors, temporary foreign workers and refugee claimants who have not yet receiveda positive decision on their refugee status claim cannot take LINC classes. You must have at least one of the following documents:

  • Permanent Resident Card (PRC)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (form IMM5292)
  • Record of Landing (form IMM1000 - issued prior to June 2002)
  • Notice of Decision from the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) confirming convention refugee status
  • Letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) giving approval to remain in Canada while application for permanent residence is being finalized (Approval in Principle Letter)

How do I Apply?

Please call the Surrey or Vancouver Test Centre or pick up an application form from Montgomery Centre.  Click for map.

Free Childminding

Daytime LINC classes at Montgomery Centre and Vanier Centre offer free high quality child minding for children 2 - 5 years of age.  Space is limited.

Click here for more information about our LINC classes and how to register.

Class Locations & Registration Times

Montgomery Centre and Vanier Centre:

Tuesdays and Thurdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Please call 604.936.4261 for more information.





LITERACY FOUNDATIONS REGISTRATION & ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

Note:  If you have taken a Foundations course with us in the past year you do not require a new assessment and can register for new courses by visiting Montgomery Centre.

If you are a new student or it has been over a year since you have taken a class with us you will require an English language assessment.

We host our Foundations Assessment & Registrations evenings every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. until Thursday May 7th, 2020, except there is no registration during Winter Break December 20-January 8 and Spring Break March 13-April 1.  Please come early.  You will need to bring documentation to show your status in Canada and BC residency.  

The English language assessment fee is $35.  If you have assessment information from another centre, there is a $15 documentation fee to review your documents.

NEW STUDENTS (or students who took a course with us more than a year ago)

Our Foundations Assessment & Registration Evening is at Montgomery Centre .  We will resume after the summer break on Wed. Aug 28th, Thurs. Aug. 29th, Wed. Sept. 4th, Thurs. Sept. 5th, then every Thursday evening after that.

Please arrive at Montgomery Centre as early as 3:30 p.m. but no later than 5:45 p.m. to start the student profile creation process.  

Note: Thursday, May 7th is the last Assessment & Registration evening of the 19/20 school year.

BEFORE ARRIVING

All students need a student profile created before being assessed or registering for a course.  A student profile can be created online BEFORE coming to the Foundations Assessment & Registration Evening.  Click here to create your student profile online. 

 

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A STUDENT PROFILE you must bring the following documentation to have an account created:

Photo Identification (BC Driver's License, BCID, BC Services Card, or Canadian Passport)

Proof of Citizenship or Immigration Status in Canada (Canadian Birth Certificate, Passport, Citizenship Card, Work/Study Permit, Refugee documents, or Indian Status Card)

Proof of Current BC Residency/Address (TWO of BC Driver's License, BCID, Income Tax Statement, Tenancy Agreement, Mortgage/Property Purchase Documents, or Utility Bills, etc.)

Students under 19 years of age MUST have a parent's documentation in order to create an account
 

International Students may take Literacy Foundations courses for a fee - Please call 604.936.4261 to register.

 

FEES

Foundations Assessment:  $35 payable by cash, debit card or credit card.

Document Review:  Students who have an assessment or report card from a recognized educational institution  (including LINC students) may not require an assessment.  A $15 is required to have external documents reviewed.