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Programs and Services for Newcomers

Collège Boréal offers free settlement, information and orientation services as well as training programs to eligible newcomers.

COVID-19 update: our programs and services for newcomers are accessible by distance. For any information, please contact us at: newcomers@collegeboreal.ca

Settlement services

Campus/Access centre: Mississauga I London - Sarnia I Windsor - Chatham I Sudbury I Timmins

Orientation services to facilitate the integration and the settlement of newcomers:

  • needs assessment and orientation services to help you plan your next steps;
  • entrepreneurial services* on how to start and develop your own business;
  • help with administrative tasks such as getting a health card, obtaining a Social Insurance Number (SIN), and finding affordable housing;
  • referrals to community services;
  • interpretation services;
  • information sessions and workshops.

Eligibility requirements:

  • you must be 18 years or older, be a permanent resident, convention refugee, or protected person. For more information, please visit the Federal gouvernment website.

Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Language courses

Campus/Access centre: Hamilton I Mississauga I London I Toronto I Windsor I À distance

The LINC program helps you develop your English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing while becoming familiar with the requirements of the Canadian workplace and culture. The Canadian Language Benchmarks that are offered are Levels 0 to 7. The objective is to be able to communicate in English both verbally and in writing, in the various aspects of everyday life (employment, health, transportation, recreational activities, etc.). Full time and part-time day and/or evening classes are available, depending on the site.

The LINC program is also offered by distance throughout the province to those who are unable to join classes due to circumstances such as geographic location, employment or family situation.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be 18 years or older, a permanent resident, convention refugee or protected person.

Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Campus/Access centre: Toronto I WindsorI À distance

The CLIC program consists of French courses based on the Canada Language Benchmarks. The levels taught vary, depending on the site. The objective is to be able to communicate in French both verbally and in writing, in the various aspects of everyday life (employment, health, transportation, recreational activities, etc.), using practical tasks as a starting point. Depending on the site, part-time day and/or evening classes are available.

The CLIC program is also offered by distance throughout the province to those who are unable to join classes due to circumstances such as geographic location, employment or family situation.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be 18 years or older, a permanent resident, a convention refugee or protected person.

Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Campus/Access centre: Hamilton I Toronto I Windsor

Occupation-specific Language Training in English is offered FREE to newcomers in Ontario who need to improve their occupation-specific communication skills. These courses are offered at colleges across Ontario, including Collège Boréal. Courses run 180 hours and classes are offered both in the evening and during the day. Some courses are offered in “blended” format that combines face-to-face classroom instruction with online and web-based elements.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a permanent resident, a convention refugee or protected person. You must have an intermediate level of the English Language Proficiency Assessment (CLB level 5 – 8) and training or experience in the program offered. The courses being offered are in healthcare and business.

Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Colleges Ontario

Campus / Access Center: London

This course is for newcomers who have reached level 6 + (CLB) in English as a second language courses. This course allows the student to improve their language skills to a higher level. Participants who have taken this English in the workplace language course over an 8-week period will participate in a 5-week employment experience, in the form of a work placement or mentorship.

Eligibility criteria:

  • be 18 years of age and over and be a permanent resident, protected person or Convention refugee

Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Bridging Programs for internationally educated professionals

https://www.collegeboreal.ca/en/bridging-program-management-leadership

 

Campus/Access centre: Hamilton I Mississauga I London I Toronto I Windsor

This multidimensional full-time program has been developed to facilitate the integration of internationally educated francophone professionals into the Canadian labour market. By transferring their skills, knowledge, and work experience, participants become the ideal candidates for bilingual middle management jobs without holding a licence or permit required by jurisdictions in Canada. This program provides participants with the opportunity to expand their business skills and competencies as well as valuable leadership talent.

  • Duration: 21 weeks + 2-month internship 
  • Credentials: Attestation of Collège Boréal (AECD) in Leadership and Management 
  • Delivery: In class, By video conference, Online

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a naturalized Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a convention refugee, protected person or refugee claimant eligible to work in Canada,
  • must not have previous Canadian work experience in the field,
  • must have a post-secondary degree from outside of Canada, a minimum of 2 years related professional experience from outside of Canada,
  • must have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 in French AND level 5 in English.

Contacts:

  • Toronto: relais.toronto@collegeboreal.ca
  • Mississauga: relais.mississauga@collegeboreal.ca
  • Hamilton: relais.hamilton@collegeboreal.ca
  • London: relais.london@collegeboreal.ca
  • Windsor/Chatham: relais.windsor@collegeboreal.ca

Funded by: The Province of Ontario

https://www.collegeboreal.ca/en/bridging-program-logistics

Campus/Access centre: Hamilton I Mississauga I London I Toronto I Windsor

This accelerated bilingual training will help internationally educated francophone professionals to obtain knowledge and competency in Supply chain and Logistics, to possess work experience in Canada through an internship in a company and to fill bilingual positions at the intermediate level.

  • Duration: 5 months of training + 2-month internship
  • Credentials: Attestation of Collège Boréal (AECD) 
  • Delivery: In class, By video conference, Online 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a naturalized Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a convention refugee, protected person or refugee claimant eligible to work in Canada,
  • must not have previous Canadian work experience in the field,
  • must have a post-secondary degree from outside of Canada, a minimum of 2 years related professional experience from outside of Canada,
  • must have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 in French AND level 5 in English.

Contacts:

  • Toronto: relais.toronto@collegeboreal.ca
  • Mississauga: relais.mississauga@collegeboreal.ca
  • Hamilton: relais.hamilton@collegeboreal.ca
  • London: relais.london@collegeboreal.ca

Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

https://www.collegeboreal.ca/en/bridging-program-health-navigator

Campus/Access centre: Hamilton I Mississauga I London I Toronto I Windsor

The bilingual bridging program in Health System Navigator is designed for internationally educated francophones newcomers. Participants will be able to refer individuals to healthcare providers, to gain thorough knowledge of the health care system in Ontario as well as available community resources, and to implement the knowledge acquired thanks to a practical work placement.

  • Duration: 15 weeks + 2-month internship 
  • Credentials: Attestation of Collège Boréal (AECD)
  • Delivery: In class, By video conference, Online 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a naturalized Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a convention refugee, protected person or refugee claimant eligible to work in Canada, must not have previous Canadian work experience in the field,
  • must have a post-secondary degree from outside of Canada, a minimum of 2 years related professional experience from outside of Canada,
  • must have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 in French AND level 5 in English.

Contacts:

  • Toronto: relais.toronto@collegeboreal.ca
  • Mississauga: relais.mississauga@collegeboreal.ca
  • Hamilton: relais.hamilton@collegeboreal.ca
  • London: relais.london@collegeboreal.ca
  • Windsor/Chatham: relais.windsor@collegeboreal.ca

Funded by: The Province of Ontario

French certification exam - Test d'Évaluation du Français (TEF)

The TEF (Test d’évaluation du français) is an international benchmark test created by the Chamber of Commerce of the Paris-Île-de-France region that measures an individual’s level of knowledge and proficiency in French.

TEF Canada is a test recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Immigration Canada (IRCC) for individuals who wish to obtain a certification of their French language skills as part of an immigration dossier or an application for Canadian Citizenship.

The TEFAQ (Test d’évaluation de français adapté au Québec) is recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) as part of an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec.

We also offer the TEF for studies in France and the TEF for naturalization (applying for citizenship in France).

In general, the governmental requirements are as follows:

TEF CANADA
(for immigration purposes)
4 tests:
- Listening
- Writing
- Reading
- Speaking

(for citizenship)
2 tests:
- Listening
- Speaking

TEFAQ   
Mandatory tests:
- Listening
- Speaking

 Optional (main requestor):
- Reading
- Writing

TEF for studies in France
- Listening
- Writing
- Vocabulary and structure
- Reading

TEF - Naturalization (French citizenship)
- Listening
- Reading 
 
Candidates are responsible for selecting the tests that are required in their individual situation. You may contact IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and/or the MIDI (Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion) directly to ask them to indicate the tests you should take.

The exam sessions are organized at the Collège Boréal's Toronto campus.

Contact us directly:
Continuing education, Collège Boréal - Toronto campus:
- FCToronto@collegeboreal.ca
- 416-289-5130
- Collège Boréal, campus de Toronto, 1, rue Yonge, 3e étage, Toronto ON M5E 1E5

The listening and reading tests are administered by computer at the examination centre. The writing test is administered on paper and the speaking test is coordinated by a jury of one to two evaluators.

COVID-19: Examination sessions are postponed until further notice.

The number of participants per examination session is limited and registration requests are processed on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us at 416-289-5130, ext. 5120 or at fctoronto@collegeboreal.ca to inquire about the availability of spaces in each session.

There will be a waiting period between each test on examination day. You will receive a detailed schedule several days before examination day. Candidates must be available from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Available tests:

  • Listening: $135.00
  • Speaking: $135.00
  • Reading: $70.00
  • Writing: $70.00

Please note that no reimbursements or date changes are allowed after registration has been confirmed. Please verify all the options you have selected before submitting your request. Your choice of date and type of test is definite and final. No changes will be allowed.

You may take a test as many times as you wish, but a 60-day waiting period is required between two registrations.

  1. Read the TEF terms and conditions for registration and examination.
  2. Fill out the registration form and the payment form.
  3. Send both completed forms and a copy of the first page of your passport using one of these options:
  • By email: fctoronto@collegeboreal.ca
  • In person: Collège Boréal, Toronto campus, 1, Yonge Street, 3rd floor, Toronto ON M5E 1E5
  • By mail: Collège Boréal, Continuing Education, 1, Yonge Street, 3rd floor, Toronto ON M5E 1E5

Once your registration form and payment have been received, we will email you an acknowledgment of receipt and the candidate’s handbook. We will also send you an official convocation several days before examination day.

For further information on TEF Canada:

On examination day, all candidates must bring the following required documents:

  • The candidate’s official convocation
  • A valid passport

If you do not present these documents, access to the examination session will be automatically denied without reimbursement of fees.

Upon arrival, we will take your photo for identification purposes. This photo is required to take the TEF.

No latecomers will be admitted to the examination room once the test is underway.

During the entire examination day, no candidate may leave the room, except if a health problem confirmed by a medical certificate is presented at registration.

  • Reading/listening: 1 hour 40 min.
  • Writing: 1 hour
  • Speaking: 15 minutes

Please refer to the TEF candidate’s handbook for further details.

The TEF provides a detailed and personalized certificate of results. For each module, your certificate will show the score you have obtained, your level of proficiency and a comment on your skill level in general French.

Your results will be sent to you by mail approximately six weeks after the exam.

The results remain valid for a period of two years.

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