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Edmonton Catholic Schools


Welcome to the Edmonton Catholic School District (ECSD) Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program.  We are a not for profit organization funded by the Government of Canada to provide language instruction to refugees, landed immigrants and permanent residents. 

ECSD first opened its doors to the LINC program in 1992.  It has had various forms of English as a Second Language Instruction (ESL) programs before, but this was the start of a new program initiated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC (previously known as Citizenship and Immigration Canada or CIC).  It has grown from a small program of a few classes to one of the largest LINC programs in Edmonton with 150 staff and 1500 students per year.

We currently have four schools:  Sacred Heart Foundations LINC (for Literacy students only) offered in the daytime and evening; One World…One Centre that offers Literacy through CLB 4 in the daytime and CLB 1 through 6 in the evening; Cardinal Collins that offers CLB classes in the evenings only and, finally, the St. Francis Women's Foundations LINC program for women only.  

Students are first assessed, using the Canadian Language Benchmarks(CLB) framework for English at the Language Assessment Referral and counseling Centre (LARCC), Catholic Social Services.  Based on these assessments, the student is then offered a variety of schools within the City that they can go to in order to meet their language and travelling needs.  

Upon entering our school, the students are then provided with a binder that they will keep and take with them wherever they go. This binder contains a record of their language journey. We also provide support services which includes a Career Counsellor, a Student Counsellor, a Student Employability Advisor, daycare for full time students, as well as field trips, guest speakers and participation in cultural and local events.