English Classes

YWCA English Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), offers no-cost English classes to women. English language instruction enables newcomers to fully contribute to life in Canada.

Our Care for Newcomer Children Educators understand the settlement challenges of newcomer children and provide families the support they need. We offer spaces for children six months to six years of age and the program is monitored by CMAS. 

Students may join at any time. An assessment test at a YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre must be completed prior to enrolling in a LINC course. To book an assessment appointment, please email us at elsdinfo@ywcatoronto.org.

  • enhanced language training

  • friendly classes where women learn language needed in everyday life to help with tasks from renting an apartment to buying groceries

  • preparation to enter colleges and universities, other learning trainings

  • qualified and experienced Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) instructors

  • guest speakers and social events

  • computer-based language training

  • English conversation circles and exercises

  • skills development for life in Canada

  • pragmatics for higher levels

  • full-time and part-time classes

  • English testing to make sure students are placed in the right class

  • TTC fare for eligible participants

  • newcomer women 18 years and over who speak little or no English

  • permanent residents

  • convention refugees and protected persons

  • women in Canada applying to become a permanent resident, and who have been informed by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada about the initial approval of application, subject to completion of background check

Schedule of classes

Levels 0-3            Monday to Friday                  9am-noon

Levels 3-6            Monday to Friday                  9am-2:30pm

222 Dixon Road, Suite 205 (at Islington Avenue).

Maria Yonzon, English Language Skills and Development (ELSD) Manager
416.242.3939 x301


“I have learned so much from YWCA Toronto’s ELSD class. It has given me confidence to things by myself.”

Ebissie D.

English Language Skills Development

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