Evaluation of the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program

Executive summary

A strategic goal of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is to support the settlement and integration of newcomers to Canada. Although settlement refers to the shorter-term transitional issues faced by newcomers, integration could be a life-long process of mutual accommodation between an individual and society. Among CIC’s settlement programs, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) contributes to the key strategic objective of Citizenship and Immigration’s settlement program, that is, the successful integration of newcomers into society and promotion of Canadian citizenship.

LINC provides basic language training in English or French to legal school-leaving age permanent residents to facilitate social, cultural, economic and political integration into Canada. By developing linguistic communication skills, immigrants and refugees are better able to function in Canadian society and contribute to the economy.

The primary purpose of this evaluation was to examine program relevance, program management and delivery, and to conduct an assessment of the impact the LINC program.


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