2.C Settlement and Integration
C.8 How is language treated?
(v) Who pays for language training services for sponsored refugees?
How Canada Does It
Language training services are generally funded by Canada’s provincial and/or federal governments. Refugees can access these services at no cost to them or their sponsoring groups.
The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program offers language classes nationwide to sponsored refugees with various levels of English or French. This program is funded by Canada.
Settlement agencies, community organizations, school boards, public libraries, as well as secondary and post-secondary institutions may also provide language instruction. These services are typically funded by municipal and provincial governments.
Provincial non-credit adult English as a Second Language and French as a Second Language programs and adult skills training programs geared to labour market inclusion are also available to sponsored refugees.
Refugees can generally access language training for the above service providers at no cost to the former or their sponsoring groups.
In addition, fee-based language learning options are available to sponsored refugees. For example, sponsored refugees may choose to pay for English and French immersion programs offered at private language schools or pay tuition at post-secondary institutions. Sponsors are not expected to cover these costs.