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Moving to a new country can feel stressful even under normal circumstances, let alone in the midst of a pandemic. Good thing our Next Stop Canada team was built to support you and thousands of other new immigrants remotely! Our webinars, informative videos, live chats, interactive e-learning courses, community forums, and countless other digital resources will help you feel confident, informed, and prepared for your big move.

Enjoy a warm welcome and learn about your new community

Our Newcomer Information Centre are temporarily closed, but our staff are still working hard to support you!

We can help you settle in with free information and referral services on:

  • Essential government documents and benefits
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Employment, education, and foreign credential assessment
  • Housing, food, and clothing
  • Legal and Social Services
  • Personal finance and income tax

Language Assessment and Referral Services (CLARS)

We provide immigrants in Canada with language assessments for government-funded programs at no cost.

Due to COVID-19, our assessments are now offered remotely. Language assessors will use adapted versions of the assessment tools to deliver English and French evaluations guided by the same national standards for describing, evaluating, and recognizing the language proficiency of newcomers to Canada.

How it works

  • We don’t offer language training, just the assessment you need to join language training programs.
  • A certified language assessor will refer you to government-funded English and/or French programs offered by community partners.
  • Our language assessments are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and the Niveaux de Competence Linguistique Canadiens (BTC-NCLC), the nationally recognized standard that measures speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

About the online assessment process


The online assessment is a three-step process that takes place over two consecutive days (e.g., Monday and Tuesday, or Thursday and Friday). You must be available on two consecutive days, at a pre-determined time, to complete the assessment process. After your assessments, an assessor will refer you to available online English, French, or Higher-Level Language Training (HLLT) programs, listed below.



To get started, please get in touch with the LARS team.

language.test@YMCAGTA.ORG Call (416) 925-5462
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Build your digital skills

We’re all relying much more on technology these days, and it can feel a little overwhelming. The YMCA Digital Skills Literacy Program is here to help you navigate the online world with confidence!

Our free workshops include:

  • Introduction to basic computer skills
  • Understanding apps and social media
  • Internet Safety for Parents
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Phishing and Online Dating
  • Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel

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