You may have had a chance to try out the English learning links introduced at the beginning.

ELSA is English Language Services for Adults. The ELSA program is free for all sponsored refugees.

ELSA classes are programmed to help newcomers to:

  • Learn every day English
  • Develop employment skills
  • Use a computer
  • Learn about Canadian culture and history
  • Make friends with other newcomers

There are a variety of classes that are offered to accommodate different individuals:

  • Level 0 – 5
  • Full time 25 hours per week
  • Part time 9 – 15 hours per week
  • Morning, Afternoon or Night

For a sponsored refugee to enroll in ELSA they must

  • Present their Confirmation of Permanent Residency also known as Record of Landing which was received at the Port of Entry
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Undergo an Assessment

Language Assessment Testing centres also provide more information about ELSA classes. To make an appointment for an assessment or for more information contact one of the following:

For people living in Surrey, North Delta, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, or the Fraser Valley

For people living in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, South Delta, Burnaby or New Westminster

Surrey Language Assessment Centre
#202 7337 137th Street
Surrey, BC
  Western ESL Services/ELSA Assessor
#208 2525 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC



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