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The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, established in 1992, is a federally funded initiative with the aim of facilitating the social, cultural and economic integration of immigrants and refugees into Canada through language instruction in either English or French <ref>"Language Barriers to Integration: A Canadian Perspective" http://www.interamerica.de/volume-5-2/galiev_masoodi/</ref>.
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The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, established in 1992, is a federally funded initiative with the aim of facilitating the social, cultural and economic integration of immigrants and refugees into Canada through language instruction in either English or French.
 
 
The purpose<ref>"Newcomer Services In The Greater Toronto Area: An Exploration Of The Range And Funding Sources Of Settlement Services" - CERIS [http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/virtual_library/Lim_et_al_2005.pdf]</ref> of the LINC program is to ensure that adult newcomers have access to basic language training in one of Canada’s official languages as soon as possible after arrival.  Such language instruction is meant to assist them  with their integration into Canadian society. Throughout the GTA, many English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes are funded by LINC and offered through community agencies, school boards, and community centres. Language training through LINC is offered to newcomers on a part-time or full-time basis, and is available to eligible individuals for up to three years.
 
 
 
One of the first steps for newcomers who enrol in a LINC program<ref>"Newcomer Services In The Greater Toronto Area: An Exploration Of The Range And Funding Sources Of Settlement Services" - CERIS [http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/virtual_library/Lim_et_al_2005.pdf]</ref> is to undergo an assessment of their skills in Canada’s official languages. The purpose of the assessment is to determine what level of language competency the newcomer possesses so that their subsequent language training can meet their individual needs most appropriately. Assessments are conducted by using the [[Canadian Language Benchmarks]], which are a set of national standards or reference points for ESL programming.  Service providers that are eligible to apply for funding through LINC include  educational institutions, non-profit organizations, businesses, provincial/territorial or municipal governments, and individuals.
 
 
 
  
  

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The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, established in 1992, is a federally funded initiative with the aim of facilitating the social, cultural and economic integration of immigrants and refugees into Canada through language instruction in either English or French.


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