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Full-time LINC

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada funds our full-time Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs.  These programs are for Permanent Residents and Convention Refugees.  Learners focus on all language skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and acquire the skills and knowledge they need to successfully settle in Canada.

For information in multiple languages about our ELL programs, visit  Apply-ell. 

Bow Valley College offers three  full-time LINC programs:

Full-time LINC (Literacy) 

  • Pre-Benchmarks
  • Learners in this program have between 0 and 4  years of formal education

Full-time LINC (Academic)

  • From CLB 2 to 7
  • Learners in this program have 10 or more years of education

Full-time LINC (Practical)
  • From Pre-Benchmark to CLB 5
  • Learners in this program have between 5 and 9 years of formal education

Learners with CLBs of 6 or higher destined for further post-secondary training may also refer to information on our English for Academic Purposes program.

These programs offer:

  • Highly qualified instructors
  • Advisors and counsellors to help learners with academic, career, and life goals
  • A curriculum based on Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs)
  • Opportunities to learn about Canadian culture and how to live in Canada
  • An ELL Tutorial Centre for individual or small group help with language problems
  • Computer labs for practising reading, writing, listening, grammar, and Internet skills

Initial placement is based on Canadian Language Benchmarks and in-class assessments.

Admission Requirements:

LINC applicants must first take a Canadian Language Benchmarks test at the Immigrant and Vocational Assessment Referral Centre (ILVARC). The telephone number for ILVARC is 403-262-2656.


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LINC Learners

"When I first came to Canada, I asked my friends where I can study.  Everybody told me about Bow Valley College."

Program Start Dates:  

May 3, 2017
August 30, 2017

Class Schedule:

Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m

Academic and Practical
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. or 11:45 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

Program placement will determine class schedule.


Calgary, Downtown Campus

For detailed information about the application process, see:
ELL Program Information

For information about ELL programs in a variety of languages, see:
Welcome to English Language Learning at Bow Valley College