LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Your safety is important to us. Douglas College is following protocols from Provincial health officials.

All classes are online until further notice. Please check your emails regularly for information. All staff continue to work and you can call or email as needed.

SURREY students: Call 604-582-7479 or Email for help

COQUITLAM students: Call 604-777-6099 or Email for help

Current or Returning Students: If you don’t have an email address, please create one and let us know how to contact you.

LINC, or Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, provides English training for adults new to Canada. Douglas College offers LINC in Surrey and Workplace LINC Levels 5-6 in Coquitlam. The cost-free program is funded by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada.


  • Clients must be 17 years old or older and approved for permanent residence.
  • You must have at least one of the following documents:

a) Valid Permanent Resident Card (check the expiry date on the front side of PR card)

b) Confirmation of Permanent Residence

c) Notice of Decision from the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) confirming convention refugee status

Note: Canadian citizens, temporary visitors, temporary foreign workers and refugee claimants who have not yet received a positive decision on their refugee status claim CANNOT take LINC classes.



1. Clients must have their Original Client Referral Form and one of the following:
     a) CLBPT Assessment Report
     b) LINC Certificate
     c) Learner Progress Report
Before you can enroll in a LINC program, you must complete a language assessment. Click here for the Assessment Centre Application Form.

2. For classes in Surrey: Complete this online registration form.

3. For classes in Coquitlam: Complete this online registration form.

4. We will contact you via email within two business days. Remember to check your email.

Note: Incomplete applications or any missing documentation will delay the registration process. All of the above documents are only valid for 24 months. If any of the above documents are past due and you have been out of the program longer than 24 months, you must be re-assessed at either Western ESL Services* or Surrey Language Assessment Centre* (*currently closed due to COVID-19).




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