In 1995, SISA received funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to offer the LINC program. Over the years, SISA has developed and offered two different streams of language instruction: full-time LINC classes, and evening ESL classes. The evening ESL classes were developed in response to a community need for language supports for newcomers who may be already working during the daytime, or for varying reasons may not qualify for full time language instruction. .
There are currently 4 full time language classes, and one part time evening LINC class. The classes may have up to 15 students at any time, and are almost always full.
Within the LINC classes, students learn basic reading, writing and speaking and listening skills; as well as phrases and vocabulary necessary for daily life. Canadian customs and culture, local community resources, special events and holidays, and job readiness are also covered in this extensive program.
There are classes ranging from Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels Pre- to Level 4 available. To be eligible for LINC classes a student must be a permanent resident of Canada, be a minimum of 18 years of age and receive a CLB Assessment.
LINC classes are not open to Temporary Foreign workers or those in Canada on a student visa or work permit. Alberta Childcare Subsidy may be available for those who qualify.