Ontario is funding free language training for all newcomers and immigrants in the province to help people get jobs, pursue an education and adjust to life in the province, according to a press release from the ministry. Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, emphasized the importance of strong language skills in enabling residents to succeed. “In Ontario, we open our English and French as a second language courses to all immigrants no matter how long they have lived here. We want immigrants to reach their potential and this investment strengthens their ability to get meaningful jobs, advance their careers or pursue higher education,” she said. This investment will deliver free language assessment and training courses that help newcomers, refugees and immigrants settle in Ontario, regardless of how long they’ve been in the province.
Ontario’s language training program for immigrants is reportedly the largest in Canada. Language assessment and classes are provided through both the public and Catholic school boards to about 70,000 immigrants every year. Investing in language training is part of the government’s economic plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.