Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) offers free English classes for newcomers to Canada. It is funded by the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


Kingston Literacy & Skills LINC classes run year-round. We offer small classes from Basic (CLB literacy) to Pre-Intermediate (CLB 4) levels. The instructors are all highly qualified, experienced and TESL Ontario certified.

In addition to classroom learning, our LINC program offers the following free of charge:

  • Child Minding in our “Care for Newcomer Children’s Program”.

  • Transportation assistance in limited amount may be available to eligible students.

  • Field trips to points of interest such as museums (Kingston is home to many!), parks and conservation areas or special events in our community.


Literacy 1 – Monday – Friday (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Literacy 2 – Monday – Friday (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Level 1-2 – Monday – Friday (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Level 2-3 – Monday – Friday (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Level 3-4 – Monday – Friday (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)


Literacy 1 & 2 – Monday – Friday (1:00 pm – 4:45 pm)

Level 1-3 – Monday – Friday (1:00 pm – 4:45pm)

Read / Write Level 3-4 – Tuesday (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm)

Read / Write Level 3-4 – Thursday (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm)


LINC has been specifically designed for and is provided free to permanent residents and conventional refugees. Adults 18 years of age and older are welcome.

Our classes serve a mix of people coming from a wide variety of backgrounds and occupations. Whether you’re trained as an engineer or doctor, a homemaker or an office worker, you’ll find the perfect class for you and your unique skills and needs.


All you have to do is fill out the form below, call (613)547-2012 or visit Kingston Literacy & Skills at 16 Bath Road. We would love to show you our facility, discuss our classes, and answer any questions you may have about learning English in our LINC classes.

Registrations are accepted at any time.

Before you join a class, your current skill levels are assessed in four areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This ensures a proper match between your language proficiency and the appropriate LINC class level.

Assessments are conducted using the Canadian Language Benchmark standards and take place at 263 Weller Avenue or at the Calvin Park Library at 88 Wright Crescent, Kingston.

We can make an appointment for your assessment when you drop in, or you can make your own appointment, by phoning (613)453-8144 or sending an e-mail to:


Our on-site Early Learning Program is a free, high-quality, full-day program for children 19 months to five years old who have a parent attending LINC classes.

Registered Early Childhood Educators provide fun, educational programming that encourages growth in all areas of child development and focuses on language learning and the settlement of the whole family.


We are regulated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

We currently have openings for CNC Staff, CNC Supply Staff and Volunteer Positions.

This is a request for an appointment. Someone will get back to you within 24 business hours.

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