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Alternate Name CLARS; Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System; Language Assessment and Referral Centre ; CV19 ; ELT; Enhanced Language Training ; Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada; LINC Assessment Centre ; LINC Home Study ; Occupation-Specific Language Training ; OSLT ; YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo ; Young Men's Christian Association
Areas Served Waterloo Region
Description & Services
Description (Service) Provide settlement and employment services to assist immigrant and refugees * Cultural Diversity Program * Language Interpretation * English Language Assessment and Referral Services * Settlement Services * Employment Resource Centre * Language Interpretation * English Language Assessment and Referral Centre 
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre 
Eligibility screening, language skills assessment and referral to government-funded English language programs including Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), LINC Home Study, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, Enhanced Language Training (ELT), Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT), and Specialized Language Training (SLT)
Hours Mon and Wed: 8:30 am-7 pm * Tue and Thu: 8:30 am-4:30 pm * Fri: 8:30 am-12 noon 
Evening appointments available in Kitchener Mond for Language Assessment and Settlement Services, and Wed for Settlement Services Only.
Eligibility Immigrants and Refugees; children, youth, adults and older adults 
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre 
Adults 18 years or older are eligible if they meet one of these criteria: Canadian citizens born outside of Canada; permanent resident; Convention refugees, protected persons or refugee claimants; workers admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program; applicants under other programs holding the initial letter of approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Application Please contact 
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre 
Call to book an appointment. Bring immigration documents (Original landing document, Permanent Resident Card, Citizenship Card). Allow 2-3 hours for the assessment.
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Multilingual Staff; Interpretation Services ; Multilingual Staff; Interpretation Services
Fees None
Service Categories Adult English as a Second Language Tests ; Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Newcomer Settlement Services ~ Refugees ; Newcomer Settlement Services ~ Syrian Community
Contact Information
Office Phone 519-579-9622
Fax 519-579-9624
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Address and Location Information
Public Comments COVID-19 Update: YMCA Immigrant Services are continuing to provide online settlement services for newcomers to Canada and Waterloo Region. We use every online platform available to us and find ways to support our clients through Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook, over the phone and email. 
The YMCA language assessment centre is now doing online language assessments. New clients can call to book an appointment. 
Please call 519-579-9622 x 242 or email for appointment. We provide services in the following languages: English, French, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Hindi, Mandarin, Oromo, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinia, Turkish, and Urdu. 
Services include assistance with accessing information and referrals to: 
• Child, Youth & Family Resources 
• Community & Recreation (Virtual YM- '.and French language online learning resources) 
• Employment Support 
• Health 
• Housing 
• Government Benefits (including federal and provincial COVID 19 emergency support) 
• Immigration and Citizenship 
• Legal & Social Services 
• Ontario School System 
• Personal Finance & Income Tax 
• Credential Assessment 
• Consumer information 
• Shelter, Food & Clothing 
More information is available on our website:
Located In Community Kitchener
Address & Map
800 King St W, 3rd Flr.
Kitchener, ON N2G 1E8
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Intersection King St. W and Victoria St. S
Physical Access Fully Accessible

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