Language Services

CBAL language services are here to help immigrants and newcomers improve their English skills.

Language Services

CBAL provides free English language programs to:

  • Permanent residents
  • Refugees and refugee claimants
  • Temporary foreign workers
  • Provincial nominees
  • Naturalized Canadian citizens


Our general language programs aim to help clients improve their skills in:

  • reading
  • writing
  • listening
  • speaking


We know that strong English language skills are important for work and for life outside of work, so we provide a range of classes and tutoring options to help meet each client's needs. We offer group language classes, conversation groups, workplace support, one-to-one tutoring, and IELTS & CELPIP preparation.

Our Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program is a specific language training program for eligible adult learners. Certified instructors use everyday tasks and real-world examples to support learners from levels Literacy to Canadian Language Benchmark Level 8.

Interested in language classes? Message us or find a settlement office near you to connect with a settlement worker who can help you!

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What do participants say about our programs?

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Language Classes

"I feel better speaking in public and at work. I am not afraid to make mistakes.”

Conversation Groups

“I don't need to have other people speak for me, I can speak now for myself.”

One to One Tutoring

"I like that the tutor can meet me alone so I can get help."


Settlement and language services are made possible through the funding of the Province of B.C.'s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Government of Canada's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.