English as a Second Language/Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

ANNOUNCEMENT: While all OCDSB schools are closed until May 4, 2020Continuing Education continues to support students in all programs. Together with our education and community partners we are working out the details and next steps needed to support the needs of our learners from home. Please continue to monitor for regular updates.

ESL, LINC, LBS COVID-19 Update: ESL, LINC, and LBS classes are now online. If you are an adult student in our program and would like to continue to improve your English, send an email to or with the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • The name of your teacher 

Or you can call 613-239-2737 and leave a message. Someone will call you. 

The OCDSB has provided English as a Second Language (ESL) and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes for adults for over 30 years. Highly trained and experienced teachers can help you develop your English listening, speaking, reading and writing. Classes are available from pre-literacy to advanced levels, including Advanced Communication, Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking, Workplace English, Academic Test Preparation, Preparation for Citizenship and more.


Where and when to register?
January 20 - May 7

Education Centre, 440 Albert St. (Room E122)
Registration opens January 21, 2020 at this location

  • Tues & Thurs, 10:30am - 3:30pm
  •  Wednesdays, 10:30am - 6:00pm

Bayshore Public  School, 145 Woodridge Cres. (Port-a-pack)
Registration opens January 20, 2020 at this location

  • Mondays, 9:00am - 11:30am

Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Ave. (Room 135A)
Registration opens January 20, 2020 at this location

  • Mondays, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Ottawa Technical Secondary School (OTSS), 485 Donald St. (Room 244A)
Registration opens January 20, 2020 at this location

  • Mondays, 9:00am - 11:30am

To register, you must have current benchmarks from a LINC or ESL class or you must be tested at the Language Assessment Centre at 240 Catherine Street (call 613-238-5462 to book an appointment).

You must register in person and bring your immigration documents, proof of an Ontario address and if you are registering for the ESL Program, a $5-$15 materials fee. Free childcare is available for those who qualify.   

For more information, please call the LINC/ESL office at: 613-239-2737



If you are a Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee you can take free LINC Classes.

If you are a Permanent Resident, Refugee Claimant, or Canadian Citizen, you can take free ESL Classes.


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ESL Fact Sheet

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