Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

Site: Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

Service: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

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Description & Services
Description (Service) Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) 
  • Provides assessment of English language proficiency for eligible newcomers 
  • Provides daytime classes for English language instruction levels 1-7, as well as literacy
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre 
  • Provides eligibility screening, language skills assessment and referral to government-funded English language programs including Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), LINC Home Study, English as a Second Language (ESL), Enhanced Language Training (ELT), Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT), and Specialized Language Training (SLT)
Hours Office Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Thunder Bay District
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Language Instruction for Newcomers 
  • Must be a Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee, but not yet a Canadian citizen  
  • Some exceptions apply; call for eligibility determination
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre 
Adults 18 years or older are eligible if they meet one of these criteria:  
  • Canadian citizens born outside of Canada 
  • permanent resident 
  • Convention refugees 
  • protected persons or refugee claimants 
  • workers admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program 
  • applicants under other programs holding the initial letter of approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Application Language Instruction for Newcomers 
  • Language test (CLBA, CLBPT, Literacy) will determine the appropriate level 
  • LINC assessment and instruction for Thunder Bay 
  • LINC assessment and Home Study for Thunder Bay District
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre 
  • Call ahead to verify eligibility, book assessment appointment and confirm documents (Permanent Resident (PR) card or Landing paper with passport) to access service
Languages English ; French ; Arabic ; Farsi ; Hindi ; Punjabi ; Spanish ; Interpretive Services - available in 58 languages
Fees None ; Fee assistance available for Transportation Assistance - Bus pass may be provided; Day Care may be provided if spaces are available ; assistance is provided by Thunder Bay Multicultural Association.
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-345-0551
Toll Free Phone 1-866-831-1144
Fax 807-345-0173
Primary Contact Leema Farha, LINC Coordinator; Email:
Alternate Contact Maggie Landry, Language Assessor; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Linda Woodbeck, Volunteer Coordinator; Email:
Site Location North Ward, former fire hall building
Located In Community Thunder Bay
Address 17 Court St N
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4T4
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Intersection Court St N and Cooke St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial ; Federal