Language Programs

Newcomers Language Programs

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)

At Newcomer Connections, we offer the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. This is a government funded program of English language classes for Permanent Residents who are 18 years of age or older. In these classes, you can improve your English and you can learn about Canadian culture.

We use the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and Portfolio Based Learning Assessments (PBLA) as standards to teach and test language progress. These benchmarks and assessments methodologies are used across Canada. We offer classes for CLB 1-8.

Before starting LINC, you must make an appointment for the CLB Placement Test. Once you have completed the test, the Language Program Advisor will place you on the waiting list for the appropriate level English class based on your CLB Placement Test results. You will be contacted when a space becomes available in that class. If you are unable to attend LINC class in person, Monday to Friday, you may be eligible for Online LINC courses after your CLB Placement Test.

Starting LINC


LINC classes are offered daily, Monday to Friday. Classes are offered 3 times a day:

Morning Value 9:00am – 12:00pm
Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Evening 5:00pm – 8:00pm


All YMCA customers, members, clients are welcome to park (free of charge) at our YMCA parking lot (see below picture).

Newcomer Language Programs Parking

Bus Transportation

We are close to a bus stop for the following buses:

Taxi Information

Vets Taxi 506-658-2020
Diamond Taxi 506-648-8888
Royal Taxi 506-652-5050

Practice English

While you wait to be placed in a LINC class or Home Study, you can practice speaking English. Below are other programs in Saint John that offer opportunities to practice English:

Name Location When Time Phone Email
Chat & Tea Millidgeville Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am 506-634-8900
English Language Cafe Uptown Tuesdays 3:00pm – 5:00pm 506-721-8053
Saturday Socials (SJMNRC) Saint John Public Library Saturdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm 506-642-4242