Program Details

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) provides basic English language training to help permanent residents or refugees with social, cultural and economic adaptation.

This program is designed to help women and men adjust and build confidence. Participants learn about the local community and Canadian society; develop practical English-language skills, and widen their social circle. LINC classes are organized by Canadian Language Benchmark levels — YW currently offers CLB 1 to CLB 4.

Other Services

We work to make sure all LINC clients find the services they need through referrals to other programs and services offered by YW Calgary or beyond.


LINC classes at YW are part-time and offered as online, in-person or blended learning opportunities.

  • Morning classes are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for CLB 1 to 4 students.
  • Evening classes are offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for CLB 2 to 4 students.

Abi’s Story

Abi fled Syria for Canada with her family, seeking safety. She came to YW looking for opportunities, support and a safe place for her family, having learned about the LINC program through her sponsor family. Finding childcare for her young son was the biggest obstacle for her in taking classes — YW Calgary’s childcare program meant it was possible for her to register and begin learning English. Her son felt safe and cared for in YW’s childcare program, which allowed Abi to focus on learning. Abi’s hard work meant she advanced quickly in the classes, which helped her make new friends. Without access to childcare, Abi would not have been able to attend classes; without the support of her teachers, a brighter future would still feel out of reach.