Immigrant Welcome Centre

Free Professional Services for Immigrants & Newcomers



Free English Classes for Newcomers to Canada

The Immigrant Welcome Center offers free English/ESL classes for immigrants and newcomers to Canada under its LINC* program. Classes are offered daily in both Campbell River and Courtenay.

Lessons focus on practical English and information about life in Canada. You will learn valuable skills for living and working in Canada. Classes are fun and friendly. They are a great opportunity to meet other newcomers in our community.


It’s more than just another conversation class!


Come study with us so that you can improve your English to:

                   Become a Canadian citizen

                   Qualify for employment programs

                   Qualify for education and training

                   Ask about housing and banking

                   Discuss important health issues with doctors

                   Talk to your children’s teachers

                   Learn about Canadian culture


Childcare is available on a limited basis.


Interested in joining our English class?

Please contact the Immigrant Welcome Centre for more information.

Campbell River: 250-830-0171 or

Courtenay: 250-338-6359 or

Remember to bring your ID when you come to the office.



Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, also called LINC, is a formal classroom style, government approved program, led by a qualified instructor. Students make measured progress through Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels based on four categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The LINC program is funded by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada). Limited seats are also funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training & Minister Responsible for Labour.


Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment Centre

The Immigrant Welcome Centre is the assessment centre for the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) on the North Island. Clients can have their CLB assessments done in either of the Campbell River or Courtenay offices. Assessments are made by licensed professionals with certification from Languages Canada. The CLBPT is a nationally recognized assessment.



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