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LEAD | LINC Home Study: How to Register

Step 1 - LINC eligible clients must go to an assessment centre to get their English skills assessed according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA). After the language assessment, students who cannot attend regular LINC classes may be referred to the LINC Home Study program by an assessor.
  • Click here for a list of LINC assessment centres in Ontario.
  • Click here for a list of LINC assessment centres / referring organizations for provinces outside of Ontario.

Step 2 - Students who are accepted into the program are placed on a waiting list. The LINC Home Study staff will verify clients' benchmarks, eligibility and availability. Every effort is made to ensure that the client understands the requirements of the program.

Step 3 - When a space becomes available in the program, the client is assigned a teacher and provided with the necessary study materials (a book and CD for the correspondence study option or a password to access the online study materials).


The LINC Home Study program is open to adults who meet the following criteria:

  • Of legal school leaving age within their province or territory
  • Permanent residents who have not acquired Canadian citizenship OR persons approved in principle for permanent resident status OR Convention Refugees OR protected persons as defined in Section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score of at least 3 for listening and speaking and 2 for reading and writing
  • Cannot attend regular English language classes for reasons such as:
    • Work scheduling conflicts
    • Illness
    • Disability
    • Lack of child care
    • Maternity
    • Lack of transportation
    • Lack of regular LINC classes in the area
Note – You cannot attend government funded, classroom-based English language training at the same time as LINC Home Study.


The LINC Home Study program is best suited for adults who can:

  • Be self-motivated and willing to take charge of their own learning
  • Study independently for 5 to 7 hours each week
  • Attend a 30 minute lesson with a teacher by phone/Skype each week
  • Commit to completing homework assignments

This project is funded by CIC

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