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Learn English - Enhanced Language Training (ELT)

 Enhanced Language Training (ELT) Program Information

The ELT program provides eight weeks of advanced English classes for internationally trained professionals plus an additional eight weeks for the participants to gain Canadian work experience through our unpaid internship/mentorship.
The ELT program helps participants upgrade their English language and employability skills as well as competitiveness in the labour market. 
Participants will focus on general business communication skills, networking and professionalism in the Canadian workforce. 
Classes will help participants with their job search, interview skills, cultural and workplace issues. 
Classes are available in Oshawa and Pickering.

This program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and delivered tuition free to eligible adults.  

Each student must complete a Criminal Information request, at their own expense (approximately $20.00), and may also be required to complete a Medical Clearance.

Assistance with onsite childcare is available for eligible participants.


Karen's Story:

I am pleased to share my story that occurred within 9 months of my arrival to Canada. I am a medical doctor from The Philippines and worked as a General Practitioner for almost two years before coming to Canada. I moved here to start a family with my naturalized Canadian citizen husband. I spent my first few weeks like a tourist, then I started researching on how to become a licensed doctor in Ontario. Read more...

I am ever so grateful for my time with the ELT program. I have learnt and grown so much and I cannot imagine a better resource for immigrants who are facing challenges when finding a job.  Read more...


To be eligible you must:
  • Attend an information session
  • Be 18 years of age or older and one of the following:
  • Be a Permanent Resident of Canada
  • Be a Convention refugee
  • Be a person in Canada in the process of becoming a Permanent Resident with a letter of Confirmation of Permanent Residence

 For More Information

Alana Magsombol 
ELT Client Counsellor/Placement Coordinator 

 Information Sessions


​E. A. Lovell Centre
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
Room 331

Tues. March 5, 2019 - 10 am to 11 am
Thurs. March 7, 2019 - 1 pm - 2 pm


Welcome Centre - Pickering
1400 Bayly St., Unit 5/16B
Pickering, ON
Room - TBA

Tues. June 18, 2019 - 11 am to 12 pm

 ELT Program Dates

Session 1 - ​Oshawa Session 2 - Pickering Session 3 - Oshawa
Date:​ ​April 2019 September 2019 November 2019
​E. A. Lovell School
120 Centre St., S.
Oshawa, ON  L1H 4A3
(Beside the McLaughlin Library)
Welcome Centre - Pickering
1400 Bayly St., Unit 5/16B
Pickering, ON  L1W 3R2
(Beside Pickering Go Station)
​E. A. Lovell School
120 Centre St., S.
Oshawa, ON  L1H 4A3
(Beside the McLaughlin Library)

Phone Number​: ​905-440-4488 905-440-4488 ​905-440-4488​
​In Class Dates: ​April 1, 2019 - May 29, 2019 Sept. 9, 2019 - Nov. 4, 2019 Nov. 25, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020
Class ​Times: ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm 8:30 am - 3:00 pm ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm​
​Placement Dates: June 3, 2019 to July 29, 2019 Nov. 11, 2019 to Jan. 17, 2020
Feb. 3, 2020 to March 30, 2020