English as a Second Language

Learning English is one of the first steps to integration into Canadian society many newcomers to Canada. English classes help students build on literacy and language skills while learning about the community and services available. Anyone wanting to study English must first undergo an English assessment. These assessments are free but you must set up an appointment first. Assessments in Bradford are done on Fridays, twice a month, and take place at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library. Please call us at (905) 775-3343 and we can help you set up an assessment. If you want to set up the appointment yourself you can call 1-855-330-8655. Program eligibility for LINC or ESL programs is provided to clients at the time of assessment.

What is the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program?

LINC classes are funded by the Government of Canada – Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The objective of this program is to provide English language instruction and skills development to eligible adult immigrants to facilitate their social, cultural, economic, and political integration to Canada. These classes are offered at Bradford Immigrant & Community Services (BICS). Classes are free to people who are 18 years of age or older who are Permanent Residents and/or Convention Refugees/Protected Persons. Canadian Citizens are not eligible for LINC classes

What is English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language classes are available in Bradford at the Bradford Learning Centre at 157 Holland Street East. These classes are available to adults who are residents of Canada or who are applying for residency status.