Language Assessment & Resource Centre



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The Greater Essex County District School Board’s Language Assessment and Resource Centre (LARC) is funded by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD). LARC is the official language assessment and referral centre for English and French language training programs in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions. This language assessment and referral service is offered free of charge to eligible new English and French language learners.

Language training programs include:

  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Enhanced Language Training (ELT)

Once levels of English or French language proficiency have been determined, language learners are provided with information about LINC, ESL, and ELT available language training providers.


The LINC, ESL, and ELT programs are free to newcomers who are:

  • 18 years and older and are either:
    • Permanent Residents (landed immigrants)
    • Convention Refugees or Protected Persons in possession of a Notice of Decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board
    • Certain others who are not yet landed, but have been allowed to remain in Canada and are holders of appropriate authorization issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

The ESL program is also free to newcomers who are:

  • 18 years and older and are either:
    • Naturalized Canadian citizens
    • Refugee claimants

Referrals and information are also provided to other newcomers who may not be eligible as LINC, ESL, or ELT clients.

Scheduling a Language Assessment

Language assessments can be scheduled:

  • By calling 519-253-2724
  • In person at Suite 301 633 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor or 215 Talbot Street East, Leamington
  • By email @
  • Through any of the language training service provider organizations in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions.
  • Contact us for an assessment.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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