Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
Welcome to the Edmonton Catholic Schools (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 86 staff and 1600 students per year.
We currently operate in three schools: Clareview Recreation Centre (Literacy students only) offered in the daytime and evening; St. Patrick that offers Literacy through CLB 4 in the daytime and CLB 1 through CLB 6 in the evening; and, St. Francis of Assisi with a women's only program (Literacy students only). See locations for specific information regarding each school.
Upon entering our school, the students are 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 Student Counsellors, daycare for full time students at two locations, as well as guest speakers and participation in cultural and local events.