English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) provides English language training from beginner to advanced levels for adult newcomers to Canada. ELSA is government-funded and free for students.
To join an ELSA class, you must be a newcomer, 17 years old or older, and approved for one of the following: permanent residence, naturalized Canadian citizen, refugee, refugee claimant, member of the Provincial Nominee Program, or member of the Live-in Caregiver Program. Classes are friendly, and focus on practical English and information about life in Canada. Childcare is available for preschool children of ELSA students. ELSA is funded through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation.
If you are interested in joining an ELSA class, please come into the ICA main office at 930 Balmoral Road, or call us at 250-388-4728 for more information. Remember to bring your permanent resident card and other immigration documents with you when you come to the ICA office. The Settlement Worker will help you fill out the forms for English class and will also set up an appointment for an assessment to determine your English level.
Our ELSA class schedule is:
- 9:00 - 11:30am / Monday to Friday
- 12:30 - 3:00pm / Monday to Friday
- 3:00 - 6:00pm / Monday to Friday
- 6:00 - 9:00pm / Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Get the brochure for further information in Arabic, Chinese, Dari, French, Karen, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Urdu or Vietnamese.
ELSA For the Workplace Level 4/5
This program is designed for newcomers to Canada who are eligible for ELSA, assessed at ELSA level 4 or 5, and want to get a job. The program includes English language instruction and content that focuses on the local and Canadian labour market, employment systems, and Canadian society in general.
Our ELSA For the Workplace Level 4/5 class schedule is:
- 9:00-12 noon / Monday to Friday
- 6:00-9:00pm / Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Limited childcare is available for seniors who look after their grandchildren during the day.
For more information, please call 250-388-4728 ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.