Responding to the needs of
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Last year COSTI helped over 4,700 newcomers integrate faster by exploring new learning models and program features that help newcomers to develop the English language skills necessary to secure employment and settle successfully in Canada. In York Region, the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program focused on specialized skills such as pronunciation, every day conversation, grammar and writing, and language for work.
Our Enhanced Language Training Program (ELT) continued to develop and standardize materials and procedures and developed stronger connections with employers in order to enhance placement opportunities for Internationally Trained Individuals.
Many newcomers understand that it is very important to speak English so they can effectively go about their daily activities and advocate on behalf of their children and themselves. Our goal is to offer programs and services that help newcomers feel engaged and part of the community.
Imad El Hasan considers himself one of the lucky ones, coming from a nightmare, to experiencing a dream-like life here in Canada, unlike many of his Syrian friends in Turkey who tragically died while attempting to cross the sea. Many times during the day, he stops and thinks that someone is going to wake him up and tell him that everything has been a dream and that he is back in Turkey, experiencing hardship and a limited future with no opportunities. Imad, his wife Hanan and their four children call Mississauga their home now and are excited about their future in Canada.
Syrian newcomer Imad El Hasan, his wife Hanan and their four children.
Attends English classes. Studying for his driver’s licence. Living a dream.
Over 74% of clients who graduated from the Enhanced Language Training Program or studied English at COSTI in 2015/16 have a college, university, or post-graduate degree.
“My family and I are adapting well to Canada and Mississauga. My children are going to school, learning English and making new friends, while my wife and I attend English classes and also volunteer in the community when time allows. As a professional who worked in real estate and construction in Syria, I understand that learning English is important for me in order to find employment in the same field here in Canada. It’s also important to be able to speak English to help with every day tasks, like going to the bank or shopping at the local grocery store.
We have had so much help from community groups and COSTI since we first arrived in the winter of 2016. Before we began studying English, Arabic-speaking employees at COSTI and community volunteers were able to help us settle in our new home and register our children for school and introduce us to different shops and activities in the community.
Mirna El Sabbagh helped us with our day-to-day needs and connected us to community groups that we could turn to for help. She still continues to visit and help us, even when it is not part of her job.
We have made learning English a priority. Today, as we learn more and more English, we have become more independent and rely less on COSTI staff and community groups to help us with our day-to-day activities. We are adapting and integrating well. In fact, I am studying for my driver’s license and my wife Hanan already has her food handling certification, and works once a week at the Newcomer Kitchen in Toronto, sometimes taking public transit from our home in Mississauga to downtown Toronto all by herself.
A year from now, I hope to be fluent in English and working in a job that suits my profession, or where I can be productive, not just working in a ‘survival job.’ My wife hopes for the same. But my biggest hope for the future is to see my children happy and for my youngest daughter to sleep peacefully through the night because she feels safe in her new home in Canada, no longer experiencing nightmares that have her screaming and yelling in her sleep.”
Language & Skills Training Services
English language classes available at all levels, language training in the workplace and enhanced English language training in the administration and customer service, health care, teaching, accounting and finance fields, including language terminology, job search and placement.
Skill and special courses, including computer courses, citizenship acquisition courses.
CARE FOR NEWCOMER CHILDREN
Child-minding support for LINC students at the North York Centre and Welcome Centres.
CORVETTI EDUCATION CENTRE
760 College Street | Tel: 416-534-7400
ENHANCED LANGUAGE TRAINING SERVICES, BRAMPTON
10 Gillingham Drive, Suite 109A | Tel: 905-451-7147
227 Vodden Street East, Suite 3 | Tel: 905-459-6700
LANGUAGE AND SKILLS TRAINING SERVICES, NORTH YORK
1700 Wilson Avenue, Suite 206 | Tel: 416-244-9980
WELCOME CENTRE IMMIGRANT SERVICES, MARKHAM NORTH
8400 Woodbine Avenue, Suites 102-103 | Tel: 289-846-3645
WELCOME CENTRE IMMIGRANT SERVICES, MARKHAM SOUTH
7220 Kennedy Road | Tel: 905-479-7926
WELCOME CENTRE IMMIGRANT SERVICES, NEWMARKET
16655 Yonge Street, Unit 26 | Tel: 289-841-3032
WELCOME CENTRE IMMIGRANT SERVICES, RICHMOND HILL
9325 Yonge Street | Tel: 289-842-3124
WELCOME CENTRE IMMIGRANT SERVICES, VAUGHAN
9100 Jane Street, Building H | Tel: 905-761-1155