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LINC: Overcoming Language Barriers – Vahideh’s Story

This is Part II of our ‘LINC: Overcoming Language Barriers’ series.

For this installment, we sat down with Vahideh, a recent Iranian immigrant from the LINC Centerpoint location.

Vahideh shares her story, her struggles, and how LINC has made life easier by helping to improve her communication and language skills. Day-to-day activities such as grocery shopping and banking can be challenging in a new language, but with some help and guidance from LINC, Vahideh can now speak and understand others with confidence.


Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) helps newcomers learn English and assists them in the settlement process and integration into Canadian society.

Part-time and full-time classes are available year-round, and some sites also offer evening and weekend classes. All locations provide Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) – for ages 19 months to 6 years – while parents are attending classes.

The LINC program is open to all newcomers who meet the following criteria:

  • landed immigrant (not a Canadian citizen or visitor)
  • or convention refugee (not a refugee claimant)
  • 18 years of age or older

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Eligible individuals meet with a program counsellor for an assessment before they can start attending classes. They are assessed for their English-speaking skills and then placed into a class according to their level and class availability. The LINC program offers several levels, from beginner to high-intermediate.
All of our locations are accessible by transit, and in some cases, participants may qualify for public transportation assistance.

Want to improve your English skills? Get started today! Call or visit one of the TDSB LINC locations near you or contact the YMCA Assessment Centre at 416-925-LINC (5462) – more info at www.ymcagta.org/.

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