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  • November 25, 2016

Ontario Providing Funding for Free Language Training for Guelph, Wellington, and Dufferin Immigrants

Province Equipping Newcomers, Refugees, and Immigrants with Skills to Succeed


Ontario is providing $586,000 funding to the Upper Grand District School Board for free language training for all newcomers and immigrants in Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin counties, to help people get jobs, pursue an education and adjust to life in Ontario.

Over 28 ESL/FSL (English as a Second Language/French as a Second Language) courses are available in Guelph at St. George’s Centre for Adult ESL.

This investment will deliver free language assessment and training courses that help newcomers, refugees, and immigrants settle in Ontario, regardless of how long they’ve been in the province.

Ontario’s language training program for immigrants is the largest in Canada. Language assessment and classes are provided through both the public and Catholic school boards to about 70,000 immigrants every year.

Investing in language training is part of the government's economic plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“Strong language skills help immigrants succeed.  In Ontario, we open our English and French as a second language courses to all immigrants no matter how long they have resided in Ontario. We want immigrants to reach their potential and this investment strengthens their ability to get meaningful jobs, advance their careers or pursue higher education.
Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration  

“Language training is an important step in helping immigrants integrate into our community.  Having classes available locally means immigrants have an opportunity to learn and practise their new language skills right here in Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin counties.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph


  • The province is investing up to $60 million this year in Ontario’s Adult Non-Credit Language Training Program.
  • Immigrants access language courses through their local CLARS (Co-ordinated Language Assessment and Referral System) Centre.  Their language skills are assessed and they are referred to the most suitable and closest training location available to them.
  • English and French as a second language courses are offered tuition-free. Some courses may include minimal fees for books and other course materials.
  • As of the end of August, 2016, there have been about 2,040 refugees from the Syrian conflict who have been enrolled in Ontario’s Language Training Programs.


 For more information, contact:

Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
(519) 836-4190

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