Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre (CLARS)

Eligibility screening, language skills assessment and referral to government-funded English language programs including:

  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
  • LINC Home Study
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) 
  • Enhanced Language Training (ELT)
  • Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT)
  • Specialized Language Training (SLT)
Organizations that offer this Service
YMCA of Hamilton Burlington and Brantford
Hours vary, contact for details
Work: 905-526-8452 (YMCA Main Street Location)
Fax Number: 905-526-7282 (YMCA Main Street Location)
Work: 905-662-9400 (YMCA Stoney Creek Location)
Fax Number: 905-662-9401 (YMCA Stoney Creek Location)
Website: English Language Assessments

Adults 18 years or older who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizens born outside of Canada
  • Permanent resident
  • Convention refugees
  • Protected persons or refugee claimants
  • Workers admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program
  • Applicants under other programs holding initial letter of approval from Immigration
  • Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Application Instructions

Call ahead to verify eligibility, book assessment appointment and confirm documents (Permanent Resident (PR) card or Landing paper with passport) to access service

Age Range
18 years and older
Last Full Update
March 23, 2021