Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

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About the program

The Conestoga College LINC program offers free English classes for adult newcomers who wish to learn English and improve their language skills for life, for work and for further learning. Conestoga College LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

This program is funded by IRCC

Admission requirements

  • You must be a landed immigrant, permanent resident or a convention refugee to Canada.
  • Individuals interested in LINC classes need to be assessed at the Language Assessment Centre of the YMCA Cross Cultural and Community Services in order to determine starting level. Contact the YMCA of Three Rivers - Waterloo Region to arrange an appointment.

Program classes

Classes are open for all levels from literacy to Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 8.

Day of the weekTime of dayLevelSite
Monday - Friday9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Literacy to CLB 7/8Kitchener (800 King St. W), Waterloo (108 University Ave E.), Cambridge (150 Main St)
Monday - Thursday1 p.m. – 3 p.m.Literacy to CLB 7/8Kitchener (800 King St. W), Waterloo (108 University Ave E.), Cambridge (150 Main St)
Monday - Thursday3 p.m. – 5 p.m.CLB 5/6Kitchener (800 King St. W)
Monday - Thursday7 p.m. – 9 p.m.CLB 5/6, CLB 7/8Kitchener (49 Frederick St.)

Classes are currently held both on campus and online. When you register for class, a LINC technician will meet with you to help you get started.

Tuition & fees

Classes are free for landed immigrants, permanent residents and convention refugees to Canada.

Child care options

Free child care is available at the Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo sites.

Opportunities and pathways

LINC clients may be interested in pursuing the following programs:

Visit the Community Career Centre to explore further options.

Contact us

For more information contact the Kitchener LINC office at 519-886-3300 or via email at

Conestoga College LINC locations:

  • Cambridge Downtown campus: 150 Main Street, 4th floor, 519-740-8797
  • Kitchener: 800 King Street West, 3rd floor, 519-886-3300
  • Waterloo campus: 108 University Avenue East, Main Building, Room 2G17-2, 519-886-6749