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The YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre provides immigrants in Canada with English or French language assessment for government-funded programs. These programs include:
What We Can Do for You
Who Is Eligible?
If you are 18 years or older or have a high school diploma you are eligible with any of the following categories:
What Documents Are Required?At the time of assessment, you must bring an original immigration document. Please check the table below for more details. (show/hide table)
|Immigration Status||Required Documentation (original or certified copy must be presented)|
|Canadian Citizen born outside of Canada||Canadian Passport Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Citizenship card)|
Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5509) Permanent Resident Card
|Convention Refugee/ Protected Person||
Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5509)
Letter of Notice of Decision from the IRB confirming that the client has been determined to be a Convention Refugee.
|Persons in Canada whose applications for Permanent Resident status are being processed in Canada and who have been informed by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of their application subject to an admissibility assessment:
Approved in Principle letter (pending verifications)
Work or Study Permits that include a notation indicating initial approval of a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence. The Work or Study Permit must have words like “Initial Approval of PR” written on it.
|Refugee Claimant||Refugee Protection Claimant Document|
|Temporary Worker or Student who has obtained initial approval for a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence.||Work or Study Permits that include a notation indicating initial approval of a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence. The Work or Study Permit must have words like “Initial Approval of PR” written on it.|
|Foreign domestic worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program.||Live-In Caregiver Work Permit (Case Type 20 for Nannies and Live-in Caregivers) issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.|
Note: All documents need to be accompanied by photo identification such as a passport, driver's license, health card, etc.
What Is the Procedure?
An appointment for language assessment must be scheduled in advance. During the assessment, a certified language assessor will determine your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the most appropriate class level to help you find the most suitable language training.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto does not offer any language training, just the assessment that is needed for it. Instead, language classes are offered by many different partner organizations in the community. The Language Assessment and Referral Centre will provide the information you need to find the class that is right for you.
Important Things To Keep In Mind
Where Are the Assessment Centres Located?
We have five locations in the City of Toronto to serve you:
What If You Need to Change Your School?
Individuals who want to change their language school or class can come to the Language Assessment and Referral Centre in person during business hours or call and speak with an assessor. Changes may include school location, time of study and method of study.
How to Make an Appointment
Please call 416-925-5462 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to book an appointment. Appointments are available during the day, in the evening and on weekends. It is very important to come to your assessment appointment on time.
Any questions? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.