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LINC: Overcoming Language Barriers – Khalil’s Story

In part 4 of the “LINC: Overcoming Language Barriers” series, we sit down with Khalil, a recent Iranian immigrant at our Centerpoint location. Khalil’s wife was first to join the LINC program. After he noticed the rapid improvements in his wife’s language and communication skills, he quickly realized the benefits and joined soon after.

In Iran, Khalil studied and practiced medicine as a doctor. Having immigrated to Canada, he is striving to improve his English skills in order to join the Medical Licence Bridging Program (MLBP) for International Medical Doctors (IMDs). This program is designed to bridge the gap between the knowledge and skills that IMDs already possess and the knowledge and skills they need to become practice-ready in a Canadian medical environment.

LINC provides training, experience, job development resources, and support to access  these programs for newcomers.  From resume help to job development, LINC goes beyond language training and assists newcomers in other aspects of their new lives in Canada.

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

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