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
The LINC Home Study program 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 was palpable even in its early days because it served the identified needs of those newcomers who were unable to attend classroom LINC programs. Based on positive feedback and demonstrated results, funding for this program was extended, and in 1997, the program expanded to Peel region (Ontario).
By 2002, enrolment had increased to nearly 400 students and the program expanded to most regions of Ontario. The same year, the program launched its own online learning management system. Today, the program accepts up to 1000 students across Ontario on a continuous basis.
In 2008, LINC Home Study was piloted in three more provinces across Canada, and today it is offered in Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island.