English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) makes a significant difference in the lives of more than 200 newcomers each year by offering Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), an English language training program funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that facilitates the integration of newcomers to Canada. Since 1992, ELTOC has been providing individualized and accessible home-based LINC tutoring to eligible newcomers who cannot attend regular ESL classes, thereby helping them gain the confidence and community ties that will help them integrate into Canadian society.
Newcomers are matched to volunteers in the community who are trained, mentored and supported by ELTOC ESL Education Counsellors that are TESL/OCELT certified. Our program is offered in the learners’ homes based on a mutually convenient schedule, i.e. day, evening or on weekends. Learners are taught practical topics such as housing, banking, citizenship, how to get a job, etc. The program is offered to permanent residents and protected persons ages 18 and older.