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Workplace Language Training for Newcomers Seeking Employment in Child Care and Entrepreneurship Sectors

Workplace Language Training for Newcomers Seeking Employment in Child Care and Entrepreneurship Sectors

The Newcomer Settlement and Language Training Program supports the social and economic integration of newcomers to Ontario. Program activities address settlement, language training and employment needs, ensuring that newcomers have the support, skills and opportunities to participate in their local communities and the labour market.

COSTI’s Workplace Language Training (WLT) is designed for newcomers at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels 4+ and consists of 120 hours of workplace language training, career planning, and opportunities to connect with employers through guest speakers, job shadowing, employer events, and site visits.

The programming is delivered in a hybrid format, with 5 hours/week delivered online and 15 hours/week delivered in the classroom.

The training is based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks / Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (CLB/NCLC) framework. WLT Instructors will assess learners’ progression using Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA).

Eligible program participants may be provided with transportation assistance, paid CPR/First Aid Certification Courses, and other incentives.

Services Available

The program components include:

  • Occupation-specific language training (in-person, 15 hrs/week)
  • Sector-specific teacher-led instruction (online, 5 hours/week)
  • Workplace Culture and Communication 
  • Career Planning
  • Employer Events
  • Mentoring Opportunities
  • Job Shadowing
  • Guest Speakers
  • Employer Site Visits
  • Wrap-around Services


Who is Eligible

To be eligible for the Adult Non-Credit Language Training program, a client must be an immigrant who is a resident of Ontario, and is:

  • A naturalized Canadian citizen, permanent resident, Convention refugee or refugee claimant; or
  • Approved as a permanent resident, or their dependant, but who has not yet been processed to receive permanent resident status (e.g., individuals approved under the Ontario Immigrant Provincial Nominee program or the Canadian Experience Class); or
  • Admitted under a federal caregiver program with a pathway to permanent residency.

Program Intake

This is a 6-week training, offered in a hybrid model from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

The WLT program intake for 2023-24 is scheduled on:

  • April 22, 2024 – Entrepreneurship
  • June 3, 2024 – Childcare

To register, contact us at 416-244-9980 or

This Program is Located at:

Employment Services, Toronto
2301 Keele Street, Suite 102
Toronto, ON M6M 3Z9
Phone: 416.789.7925 |

The Program is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

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