Programs & Services

Language Learning and Skills Development

Free English language training and skills development classes to persons who are 18 years of age or older who are Permanent Residents of Canada (formerly referred to as Landed Immigrants), Convention Refugees or people who have received ‘approval in principal’ to remain in Canada. The objective of this program is to help clients attain the English proficiency they need to function and participate in all aspects of Canadian society. This training will facilitate the social, cultural, economic and political integration of newcomers to Canada.

You are not eligible for LINC if you are a Canadian citizen, Refugee Claimant, or a Temporary Resident (such as foreign student, foreign worker or visitor).

Prior to starting Classes, you must first take a language assessment by a qualified assessor. These assessments are done by appointment only. Assessments in Bradford are conducted at the BWG Library two times per month. You can be assessed at a different location Please contact us for assistance is setting up your assessment.

Classes run Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm – 5 hours per day and 25 hours per week. Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) and transportation assistance is available.

Care for Newcomer Children (CNC): Through the Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) component of the LINC Program, on-site care for children of parents attending classes is provided. Spaces are limited.

Transportation Assistance: Reimbursement of BWG Transit fares for those clients who would otherwise not be able to access programming.

Funding Provided By:

Integration to Canadian Society Program

The Integration to Canadian Society Program is geared specifically for newcomers. Newcomers typically immigrate to Canada to seek a better way of life. Some are fleeing their native countries leaving behind horrific living conditions and threats to their safety. Many show up on Canada’s doorstep with little to no money to their names. The vast majority of newcomers are raising their children in low income households. This program will reduce the impact of living in a low income household by improving the odds that the children will be successful in school. In addition, we anticipate that by having access to services and supports to assist them with their child’s education and increasing their social support circle, parents who are working, or looking for work, will experience less stress and need to take time away from work because of parenting and/or school issues.

This program assists and supports newcomer parents and their children with successful integration into Canadian society and school system. This program will help parents recognize their role in their child’s education and increase their understanding of what is expected when their child enters school.

GETTING READY FOR K (Kindergarten)

A workshop series for newcomer parents and their children 3-5 years of age who will start Kindergarten in September.

This workshop allows you to:

  • learn how your child learns
  • learn how to help your child get along
  • learn how to help your child figure things out
  • learn how to get your child ready for going to school

SUMMER SCHOOL READINESS – SCAMP

This School Readiness Program is designed for children 3-5 years of age. This FREE program is currently being offered to families whose first language is not English.

This program is designed to promote successful entry to Kindergarten along with a balance of active learning activities that help build a solid foundation for continued learning. The program also gives parents a better understanding of the Canadian school system and how they can help their children learn.

The program is Monday to Thursday mornings from 9am to 12pm in the month of July.

This program receives funding support from the County of Simcoe.

OTHER SERVICES

Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada: Assistance and support with completion of various application forms, such as PR Card, Canadian Citizenship, etc.

Commissioner of Oaths: A Commissioner of Oaths is available to certify true copies, sign affidavits, etc. Please call us for an appointment.

Form Completion: Assistance is provided to those individuals requiring assistance in the completion of any government, immigration or any such form that they are unable to complete.

Information & Referral: We endeavour to assist a client with any problem or query they might have or refer them to the appropriate agency that could assist them.

Interpretations: We have a volunteer roster of interpreters in several languages. The use of interpreters is essential in assisting individuals with language barriers.

Translations: We are committed to providing the most reliable translation services of the highest quality, and at affordable and competitive prices.

All documents are treated with strict confidence, and we can meet most requested turnaround time.
We provide services in several languages and use experienced translators that are fluent in both English and the language of translation. All translations are accompanied by an Affidavit of Translation.

Please contact us for a free estimate.

Settlement Assistance: Assistance to refugees and immigrants to settle and adapt to life in the local area by providing assistance in completing forms; information on social services, schools, health care, housing and recreational facilities; referrals to education, government and community services; employment assistance; referrals to translators. Funding for this service is provided through the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka and is funded by Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada.