Government funded programs that offer free English as a second language (ESL) training and small business grants for hiring immigrants are a topic often overlooked by employers looking to hire international employees into Canadian businesses. The benefits of these grants is obvious, whether your business is particularly seeking to hire a recent immigrant or not, if Canadian government funding in the form of government grants for small business are offered to support the cost of your new hire its worth taking advantage of. Additionally, government funding for training in the form of free-of-charge ESL classes presents itself as another critical support resource to bolster a company’s internal talent through international hiring activities. As I have lived abroad myself, and having had the opportunity to take the time to study the training of foreign staff while writing a book on the subject; I can give at least a few reasons why you ought to pass along the ESL learning information contained within this article to employees, colleagues, and friends that you know who have recently immigrated to Canada.
Why Share These Canadian Government Funding for ESL Resources
1.) As a gesture it will show you appreciate that adjusting to a new country and culture is not easy.
2.) If the person you share with is experiencing difficulty communicating it will help eliminate miscommunication within their team and their workplace.
3.) Although they may not require English language training themselves, there is a good chance that someone in their family does.
4.) ESL classes also often serve as a support and resource group for immigrants that are adjusting to a new culture and place of residence. And P.S.: family members having trouble acclimating to a new living environment can cause a great deal of discomfort and distraction to immigrant employees.
Top Canadian Government Funding Resources for ESL Training
So if you feel the above argument is reasonable if not compelling, please pass along this information to any employee, colleague, or friend that has immigrated to Canada within the last couple years.
Option 1: Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC)
Government funding Canada via Citizen and Immigration Canada in cooperation with provincial governments, school boards, community colleges and immigrant-serving organizations, LINC offers free language training across the country to adult permanent residents. In most provinces, LINC offers newcomers to Canada the opportunity to learn English language skills. In addition, LINC offers language assessment to ensure newcomers participate in the program that best suits their needs. Visit Service Canada for more information.
Option 2: LINC Home Study Program
Through Canadian government funding provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the LINC Home Study Program enables new immigrants to study, learn and improve their language skills from home. The program includes weekly contact with a certified ESL Teacher.
For more information: Visit the Centre for Education and Training
Option 3: The Specialized Language Training Pilot Projects
Supported by Ontario government funding, new immigrants can learn or improve their English skills through programs run by Ontario School Boards. These programs are designed to help immigrants learn English that is applicable to their jobs/careers.
For more information: Visit The Ontario Immigration Website
Other Helpful links for ESL Training Resources:
- Online Search tool to find language classes for adults
- Employment Services Ontario – online search tool for Language Classes
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s online search tool for immigrant services including language training
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