Free English Classes for New Immigrants & Refugees

We provide high quality English classes to refugees and immigrants from Literacy to Level 7. Classes help students participate in their community and at work or school as quickly as possible. All MOSAIC LINC students have access to an online classroom to help speed up learning. See below for details.

MOSAIC LINC classes have helped thousands of people improve their English since 1976.

Free childcare is provided for most classes.
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Improve your English to:

  • Access health, education, financial, legal, family and recreational services
  • Get a job
  • Make friends
  • Make life in Canada easier and more pleasant

In class you will:

  • Improve listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Have extra practice anytime, anywhere in your online classroom
  • Learn about Canadian culture
  • Learn about workplace culture
  • Earn your LINC certificate (certificates with Listening and Speaking at a minimum Level 4 are accepted as proof of language requirement for citizenship)

About LINC Classes

LINC classes are available at 4 locations with convenient class times to fit your schedule. Classes are 3 hours long, held in the morning, afternoon or evening. Class sizes are small, up to 18 people. Classes offer individual work, pair work and group work with modern teaching methods from caring, TESL-certified and experienced professionals. Classes include field trips or guest speakers.

English for Work (for LINC 6 and 7)

Ideal if you have some knowledge and confidence with the English language and are looking to enter the workplace. You will learn how to improve your English quickly to fit in well with the Canadian workplace. Topics will include a special focus on Canadian workplace culture, working on a team, participating in meetings, making presentations, Canadian-style emails and documents, BC employment laws, and telephone communication skills.

These classes have flexible schedules that include both a classroom and an online component.

You must complete a free language assessment before you can apply for LINC classes.

LINC Classes Are…

  • FREE, thanks to the National Settlement Program by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  • Available in 8 levels (from beginner to advanced) including pre-literacy classes and specialized classes for workplace language
  • Available mornings, afternoons or evenings
  • Include online practice sessions you can do anytime, anywhere
  • Free childcare (currently waitlisted in some locations)

If you are not a permanent resident, and not eligible for LINC classes, MOSAIC has fee for service classes. Click here to learn more.

Vancouver English Language Centres (2 Locations)
206-2555 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Phone 604-708-3905
304-2730 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Phone 604-684-8825

Vancouver Schedule

English For Work Classroom Schedule

North Vancouver (1 Location)

North Shore English Language Centre in partnership with North Shore Multicultural Society
205-123 East 15th St., North Vancouver, Phone 604-998-1065

North Shore Schedule

Burnaby (1 Location)
Brentwood LINC at 101-1899 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, Phone 604-298-8201

Burnaby Schedule

  1. Complete the application form (PDF) and
  2. Photocopy your latest immigration documentation (see instructions on form)
  3. Submit the form AND the documentation by mail, fax or in-person to an assessment centre. Email applications are not accepted. (listed below)

Vancouver, Burnaby, North Shore

Vancouver LINC Assessment and Referral Centre

Western ESL Services
Room 208-2525 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, B.C.
V5N 5R4
Phone: 604 876 5756


Surrey, North Delta, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, or the Fraser Valley

Surrey Language Assessment Centre
LINC Assessment and Referral Centre
#202 – 7337 137th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 1A4
Telephone (604) 507-4150 Fax (604) 507-4155

The Assessment and Referral Centre you will give you your assessment results and refer you to a LINC program.

  1. Register for a LINC program. Please have the following ready:
    • Identification: Permanent Resident Card or Government Issues of Proof of Status
    • Canadian Language Benchmark Report

Please apply directly to the school offering LINC classes.

Students at MOSAIC study with their teacher and classmates in the school classroom and also learn in their online classroom.

Students practice vocabulary and listening and review what they learned in class. They can do extra study in grammar, pronunciation, culture and more.

MOSAIC also has blended classes, meaning students have both classroom and online lessons and projects, interacting in writing forums, listening activities, researching and reporting – all in Canadian workplace language style.

Click below to hear what former students have to say our their experience in our LINC classes.

LINC classes are made available thanks to the support of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).