Conversation Circles and Family Literacy

Our Conversation Circles provide opportunities for you to learn the English language in a supported environment. In our Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters program, we help parents learn how to support their young children in learning English speaking, reading, writing, numeracy, and social skills in the Canadian school environment.

Workplace English Language Training

We offer both free and fee-for-service English classes and workshops specifically for workplace English skills. These programs help you learn effective communication, workplace culture, and help you develop other soft skills necessary for success in the Canadian workplace.

English Language Classes - Fee for Service

We offer a variety of low-cost classes to help you improve your English language skills. Our classes, taught by certified English instructors, include a variety of conversation, test preparation, English for professionals, and for social networking. Please see our workshops page for upcoming start dates.

​Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

​We are a CELPIP testing centre for Paragon Testing Enterprises. CELPIP is an English language proficiency test designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent resident status in Canada and Canadian citizenship. Please visit the CELPIP website to register.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

NSMS offers LINC classes, which are free government-funded English classes for eligible immigrants. In these classes, you will improve your English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and learn how to communicate effectively in English. These classes cover a variety of Settlement-related fields to help you gain practical knowledge about life in Canada. Topics include:

  • Daily Life
  • Health
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Connecting to the community
  • And more

We offer LINC classes from Literacy to CLB (Canadian Level Benchmarks) level 7. Classes are available to anyone who is a newcomer to Canada, is approved for Permanent Residence and is 17 years of age or older. To apply for the LINC program, please contact the North Shore English Language Centre at or 604-998-1065.