LEAD (Language Education at a Distance) is a group of distance education programs for newcomers to Canada offered by the Centre for Education & Training and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
LINC Home Study is the flagship program of LEAD. LINC Home Study is a program for newcomers to Canada who wish to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.
LEAD programs are supported by a team of professionals in the area of ESL and distance language education. For more information please contact (905) 949-0049 ext. 1257 or Toll free: 1 (800) 668-1179 ext. 1257
LINC Home Study started in 1995 as a pilot project in Halton region (Ontario) with funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It engaged volunteer tutors and supported only 6 students. The success of the program was palpable even in its early days because it served the needs of newcomers who were unable to attend LINC in the classroom.
Based on positive feedback and demonstrated results, funding for LINC Home Study was extended and in 1997, the program expanded to Peel region (Ontario). By 2002, enrolment increased to nearly 400 students across Ontario. The same year, the program launched its own learning management system. The evolution continued in 2008 when the program was successfully piloted in three provinces outside of Ontario.
Today, the program is available in Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. There are 1425 students served across these regions on a continuous basis.