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LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

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LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

Are you new to Canada? NorQuest College supports your settlement in Alberta and Canada by offering courses that will help you develop basic English language proficiency, settlement knowledge, and essential skills.

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Mariana Konsolos - LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

The instructors were amazing and I was in my comfort zone being around other learners who were facing the same challenges. Part of me wanted to stay there forever.

What to expect from the program

Our classes range CLB 0 (including basic literacy) to CLB 8. They include full-time and part-time in-person, online, and blended delivery options. Our deliveries are flexible so you can study at your own pace and at a time you want.

We also offer American Sign Language, employment training, and courses to help you study online.

Our community service activities provide learning opportunities while contributing to the community. They will help prepare you for further education or career options.

Program information

Our programs begin every two months based on availability.

LINC – Full-time options


  • in person: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • online real-time: Tuesday and Thursday
  • 8:00 am - 12:30 pm or 12:30 - 5:00 pm
  • 4.5 hours of out-of-class course work weekly


  • online real-time: Monday to Friday
  • 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • 9 hours of out-of-class course work weekly

LINC – Part-time options


  • in person: Tuesday and Thursday
  • 6:00 - 9:00 pm


  • in person: 9:30 - 2:00 pm
  • 1.5 hours of online anytime


  • two ninety-minute webinars, and three hours online anytime learning

LINC American Sign Language

Employment training and supports

  • employment-focused classes (with placements and without)
  • skill-building workshops (e.g. Math Basics, Multiple Choice, Computer Basics)
  • employment certificate training (e.g. Food Safety, WHMIS)
  • career coaching
  • information and orientation sessions (e.g. settlement, employment, Indigenous education)
  • online anytime courses (e.g. WebSafe, Digital Literacy, Basic Computer Skills)

Additional information

Francophone-focused settlement services are available, and it is possible to settle in French in Canada. Email for information on settlement services available in French.

Des services d'établissement francophones sont disponibles. Il est possible de s'établir en français au Canada. Veuillez envoyer un courriel à pour obtenir des renseignements sur les services d'établissement disponibles en français.

Certain personal information is collected and shared with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada when you apply to the LINC program. Visit Gathering information to better meet the needs of newcomers to Canada for details about why your personal information is collected and how your information is protected and used.

LINC students who need support with child care while studying may be eligible for community-based care for newcomer children.

Tuition for LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. There are no fees or tuition for eligible students.

Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Career opportunities

Students will have the language skills and settlement knowledge necessary to successfully integrate into the Canadian community and pursue further education or career options.

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