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Language Assessment and Referral Centre

The YMCA-YWCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre provides immigrants with English or French language assessments for government-funded programs. There is no cost to you for our services.

We can help you improve your French or English language skills by providing you with:

  • Nationally recognized Language Assessments based on Canadian Language Benchmarks
  • Information on local language classes and support services (i.e. child care and transportation)
  • Referrals to government-funded language programs
  • Referrals to other services and programs in the community

Who is Eligible?

  • 18 years of age and older
  • Canadian Citizens born outside of Canada
  • Permanent Residents
  • Convention Refugees/Protected Persons
  • 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
  • Refugee claimants
  • Temporary workers or students who have obtained initial approval for a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence
  • Foreign domestic workers admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program
Programs included in the government-funded Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS):
  • ESL/FSL: English/French as a Second Language
  • LINC -Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
  • BTW- Bridge to Work Programs/Placements
  • ELT - Enhanced Language Training (higher-level language training)
  • OSLT - Occupation-Specific Language Training

Interested in learning more? Read our frequently asked questions.

Have you booked your assessment? Learn what to bring to your assessment.

Contact us to learn more:

Central location
308-240 Catherine Street, Ottawa
T: 613-238-5462
F: 613-237-4329

Hours of operation
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday       - 8:30AM - 7:00PM
Friday       - 8:30AM - 4:00PM

 Funded by:

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Locations offering this program
Employment, Enterprise and Newcomer Services 
Language Assessment and Referral Centre