There are now non-repayable grants available to cover tuition and other costs. Vancouver Community College instructors have over 40 years of teaching English as a Second Language. These programs are now available:

L.I.N.C. (Language Instruction for Newcomers)

is a community-oriented settlement program that serves newcomers with their community, workplace and educational needs. We offer tuition-free classes from Literacy to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 and soon CLB 8. Our classes are needs-based as well as task-based and help students ladder into other programs at VCC.


provides the English language skills you need to work, study, and participate in everyday life in Canada. We offer courses from Canadian Language Benchmark 5-9. This unique curriculum is offered only at Vancouver Community College.
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English for Academic Purposes and University Transfer English

provides the opportunity to complete English 12 and First Year University English. These programs are unique to B.C. They offer language support while achieving the English 12 or First Year English credits.
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English for Careers

is another unique program area that provides language support while learning a skill. We offer classes in Culinary-ESL, Baking-ESL, Health Care Assistant-ESL. We also offer a CELBAN-Preparation course.
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Send an email now asking Premier Clark and Minister Wilkinson to make an investment in BC jobs and BC’s economy by maintaining funding for English as a Second Language (ESL) training at Vancouver Community College.

Premier Clark
Minister Wilkinson

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Dear Premier Clark and Minister Wilkinson,

ESL matters to BC’s economy, our communities, and to the BC Jobs Plan.  Vancouver Community College is the largest provider of ESL training in Western Canada, and has a proven track record of more than 40 years of excellence in ESL training.

Each year, we welcome 40,000 newcomers to BC. Where are these adult learners supposed to gain the skills they need to contribute to our economy? VCC is now forced to turn skilled immigrants away, leaving a massive skills gap between employers and potential employees.

Please invest in our future by funding ESL at Vancouver Community College. ESL matters to our province’s future prosperity.