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We have two English Language Learning Opportunities for you: Literacy Foundations and LINC.

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 WorkStudy Permit (see documentation details below)
*Students attending secondary schools can also take Literacy Foundations courses.

International Students may take Literacy Foundations classes for a fee of $800 - Please call 604.936.4261 to register.

All students must complete an English language assessment prior to registering for classes.

Foundation StudentsClick here to practice your English skills


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 calling us at 604.936.4261 during regular business hours.

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. 

The English language assessment fee* is $35; this can be paid online when you register for your appointment.  If you are unable to pay online, you may pay during your assessment appointment.  As part of our COVID-19 precautions, we ask that you do not pay in cash, if possible. We accept debit or credit cards. 

If you have assessment information from another centre, there is a $15 documentation review fee* to evalulate your documents; please call 604.936.4261 for assistance.

*These fees are non-refundable after the assessment is conducted.

NEW STUDENTS (or students who took a course with us more than a year ago)
Foundations Assessment & Registration is at Montgomery Centre . 
Due to COVID-19, we are booking appointments in advance.  No Walk-ins.

There are no assessments scheduled over the summer months.  Appointments are available again in September,  starting on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  Click here for the list of appointment options.

Please arrive at the gym doors (not the front doors) 5 to 10 minutes before your appointment start time.  If you are late you may need to reschedule your assessment.  As part of our COVID-19 precautions, only those with appointments are permitted to enter the gym.  If you require help to register for a class, you may bring one person to assist.  No young children are permitted in the gym during the assessment.  
To register for an English language assessment appointment, you MUST have a profile in our system.  Please click here to create a profile. Call us at 604.936.4261 if you need help.

You will also need to provide documentation - you may either submit them via email (ceaccounts@sd43.bc.caor book an appointment to show your documents. Please call 604.936.4261 to make an appointment if you are unable to provide the documentation online.  

  • *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)
    • Work Permit valid for one year or more; proof of lawful employment (minimum 20 hours) per week shown on 3 current paystubs and passport
    • Study Permit valid for a year or more and Letter of Acceptance or transcript showing enrolment in degree or diploma granting program at a public post-secondary institution or enrolment in degree granting program at a private post-secondary institution authorized by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and statement of tuition paid and program schedule and passport
  • *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.

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, or call 604.936.4261 for more information.

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).

LINC Assessment and Referral Centre - Surrey
202-7337 137th St
Surrey, BC V3W 1A4             
Phone: (604) 507-4150

Western ESL Services – Commercial Dr.
208-525 Commercial Dr
Vancouver, BC V5N 4C1
Phone: (604) 876-5756