Friday 11 November 2022

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary Alberta Education Listings

University of Calgary Program Listings

Calgary is a university city with the University of Calgary offering many top undergraduate and graduate programs for both Canadian and international students.

Calgary offers ESL levels one to five in 12 week semester courses. Level 6: Academic Focus is the top level of the ESL Semester Program focuses on the written and oral skills necessary for success in the English language post-secondary classroom. Students completing Level 6, with a minimum final grade of B+ in each course meet the English language proficiency requirement for: ​​Academic Communication Certificate (ACC), UCalgary Continuing Education International Professional Programs and applicable Bow Valley College certificate and diploma programs.


Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) At SAIT, English Language Arts admission requirements for the programs you apply to must demonstrate English language proficiency. English is the language of instruction for all programs at SAIT and is the most common language used in business in Alberta. Acceptable tests include: IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL, CLBA, Michigan, Oxford, Cambridge and Pearson.

The English Language Foundations (ELF) program provides English language upgrading for learners whose first language is not English. Students are placed into the program based on demonstrated proficiency in English, using the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. Most students use the ELF program as entry into SAIT career programs. After successfully completing the ELF program, the majority of graduates are prepared for admission into SAIT career programs as completion of ELF level 5 is accepted as equivalent to English 30 for most programs at SAIT. Students in ELF Levels 4 and 5 may combine ELF coursework with Academic Upgrading subjects in math or science.

Calgary Public Education Elementary and High Schools

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE)
Main Office - Education Centre
1221 - 8 Street SW
Calgary AB T2R 0L4
Phone 403-817-4000

Calgary Board of Education students have equitable access to quality, sustainable language learning programs and courses. L.E.A.D. classes are small so students get a lot of extra help. The focus in classes is English Language Development. Lead lessons include mathematics, science, computer technology and Canadian culture. Students in L.E.A.D. programs make significant gains in 20 months. They can transition to ESL or other classes in the school.

Calgary Catholic School District
1000 - 5 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB T2P 4T9
Phone 403-500-2000

The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) provides a Preschool program for children who have minimal or no English language skills. Children must meet the eligibility criteria for the program. Interviews will take place in the spring to determine eligibility. This is a free, publicly funded program. All families are encouraged to inquire.

Immigration Settlement LINC Services

Calgary Alberta English LINC Language Instruction for New Canadians
ILVARC 910 -7th Avenue SW, Room 1401 Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N8 (403) 262-2656

Community Educational Organizations

Alberta Association for Adult Literacy, Room 605, 332-6 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4S6

Calgary Attractions and Events

The Calgary Stampede is Calgary's best-known visitor attraction. 2022 Stampede is July 8 to 17. The action returns to the Grandstand Arena as the Stampede Rodeo and Evening Show are back for Stampede 2022. The Calgary Stampede is often referred to as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" features a large parade and world-class rodeo and draws more than a million visitors each year. Stampede Park also features a midway, a grandstand stage spectacular, lots of free entertainment, and interesting Western and Cowboy displays.

Calgary is located on the banks of the Bow River near Alberta's majestic Rocky Mountains. Calgary, Alberta attractions, include the Calgary Stampede, Glenbow Museum, Calgary Tower, Canada Olympic Park, Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park Historical Village, Spaceport, Aero Space Museum, Calaway Park, and Fort Calgary.

The Calgary Aero Space Museum features 58 aircraft including:
World War One - Sopwith Triplane;
World War Two - Avro Lancaster Mk X,
Hawker Hurricane MK IIB - Pending Restoration
de Havilland DH 98 Mosquito PR35 - Pending Restoration
de Havilland Tiger Moth
Avro Anson Mk II
Cessna T50 "Crane" - Pending Restoration
North American "Harvard"
Taylorcraft "Auster" Mark VII
Post World War II Military
Avro CF-100 "Canuck" Mk III
de Havilland DH 100 Vampire F Mk. III
McDonnell Douglas CF-101B Voodoo
F86 Sabre
Other Calgary Aero Space Museum exhibits include Civil aircraft engines and film.

The Calgary Glenbow Museum boasts over a million artifacts and some 28,000 works of art in its vast collections and is one of the largest museums in Canada. The Glenbow Museum continues their commitment to preserve western heritage while simultaneously providing visitors with a glimpse of the world beyond. Museum exhibits feature Native culture, Western settlement, early farming, and the oil industry. Art exhibits on the second floor with a research library located on the 6th floor.

Canada's largest historical village "Heritage Park" invites you to step back in time and experience Western Canada during 1864-1914. Ride a horse drawn wagon, sail on the SS Moyie, experience the early thrills of an antique midway or ride the powerful steam train. Visit the Alberta Bakery or the Old Fashioned Candy store to enjoy the treats! The staff are happy to explain the challenges and hardships faced by the Canadian pioneers who helped settle Western Canada.

Calgary SpacePort is a unique education and entertainment facility focusing on space and aeronautics. The Calgary SpacePort features the latest computer, simulation and communications technology, hands-on exhibits and displays. SpacePort features a soaring aluminum prototype of NASA's space shuttle orbiter, interactive displays from the Canadian Space Agency, flight and motion simulators, a moon rock exhibit and many more exciting interactive space and aviation adventures. Calgary SpacePort is open 9 AM to 9 PM every day and admission is free.

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park houses over a thousand animals, including several rare and endangered species. The Prehistoric Park exhibits 22 life-size models. The outdoor botanical gardens showcase a variety of annuals, cactuses, and rainforest plants.

Canada Olympic Park is the site of 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games events including: bobsleigh, luge, ski jumping, freestyle skiing. Guided bus tours and 90-metre ski jump tower elevations available daily. Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum features bobsleigh and ski-jump simulators.

Fort Calgary Historic Park is the historical site of the 1875 North West Mounted Police fort. Fort Calgary Historic Park at the merge of the Bow and Elbow Rivers has an interpretive centre, with ongoing excavation and reconstruction of the original fort. Fort Calgary is where the settlement of Calgary began. Displays in the interpretive centre cover the life of Natives, early pioneers, and the North West Mounted Police, Canada's world-renowned Mounties, who arrived in 1875 to establish law and order.

Calaway Park is Western Canada's largest outdoor family amusement park, with 23 rides. You can also catch a live rainbow trout or play a round of mini-golf. Musical productions are presented daily by the resident entertainment troupe, "Calaway Live". It also has an RV park, campground for travelers and beautiful view of the Rockies.

Calgary Tower was built as a centennial project in 1967. The Calgary Tower is a navigation "center" of the city and stands 191 metres (626 ft) high and provides a 360-degree view of Calgary and Rocky Mountains to the west of the city.

The Calgary Science Centre brings science to life with hands-on exhibits and unique demonstrations. The Discovery Dome is one of the best multimedia theaters in North America, with shows and wide-screen films throughout the year.

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Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada


Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Antigonish and Antigonish County enjoy and promote the scenic beauty of the Atlantic coastline with its beaches, parks, trails and nature sites; their historic homes, lighthouses and churches; art and craft studios, campgrounds and golf courses; communities, and the many adventures and outdoor activities, attractions, festivals and events, and recreational opportunities.

Antigonish Culture & Heritage

The Antigonish Highland Society sponsors the Antigonish Highland Games. The Highland Games events include foot races, piping, the Highland Fling, and traditional Scottish heavy events, hurdle races, archery, and the Reel and Sword dances.

The Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre offers over 100 performances of a dozen different shows over 2 months.

The St. FX Art Gallery, established in 1976, provides a space for aspiring Nova Scotian artists to exhibit their work.

Lyghtesome Gallery promotes well-known Antigonish artists and leading artists from across Atlantic Canada through its monthly exhibit schedule.

The Antigonish Heritage Museum features exhibits, artifacts and photos from the early days of Antigonish Town and County.

History of Human Settlement in Antigonish

Antigonish has an interesting history of settlement.

Mi'kmaqs the Algonkian speaking members who originally occupied this territory were called 'Miggumahgee', or the country of the Mi'kmaq.

Starting in 1755 the Acadian French began to settle the east end of Antigonish County. Acadians populated the counties Pomquet, Tracadie, and Havre Boucher.

During the 1770's thousands of Scots were forced to flee during the Highland Clearance in West Scotland and many settled along the Northeastern coast of Nova Scotia.

In 1784 Irish Loyalists, led by Captain Timothy Hierlihy took up a large land grant surrounding Antigonish Harbour and founded Antigonish.

Free black citizens entered Nova Scotia after the American Revolution, settling in Tracadie, Antigonish County.

Antigonish Education Listings

Nova Scotia Public Education, Elementary and Secondary Schools

Nova Scotia Department of Education and Culture,
2021 Brunswick Street, P.O. Box 578, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2S9
Tel: 902-424-5162, Fax: 902-424-0666

Strait Regional Centre for Education

The Strait Regional School Board manages the elementary and secondary schools in Antigonish. Of the 15 regional public schools, Antigonish is home to three public schools: Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School, St. Andrew Junior School and the Antigonish Education Centre.

304 Pitt Street, Unit 2; Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2T9;
Tel: 902-625-2191 Toll Free: 1-800-650-4448 Fax: 902-625-2281;

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000, Antigonish, NS

St. Francis Xavier University Academic Departments: Adult Education, Anthropology, Aquatic Resources, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Canadian Studies, Catholic Studies, Celtic Studies, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Development Studies Program, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Graduate Studies, History, Human Kinetics, Human Nutrition, Information Systems, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Modern Languages, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Co-op Program, Sociology and Anthropology and Women's Studies.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Students whose first language is not English are normally required to submit proof of English language proficiency. When proof of English language proficiency is required, you must achieve the following minimum score or above on a recognized English language proficiency test: IELTS 6.5 overall; TOEFL 90 iBT; MELAB 81; CAEL 70 overall; C1 Advanced 180 overall; C2 Proficiency 180 overall.

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES PROGRAM: Students who apply for admission and do not meet the minimum English language requirements can enroll in StFX’s EAP program. The program offers intermediate (Level 5) and advanced (Level 6) English for Academic Purposes courses to prepare students for undergraduate studies at StFX.

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Thursday 10 November 2022

Niagara Falls Ontario Canada

Niagara Falls was first incorporated in 1904 and was organized into a new Region in 1970 and is now part of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

Niagara Falls overlooks the 54 M (177 ft) high Horseshoe, or Canadian falls. In 1905 large-scale hydroelectric plants began operations. Sir Adam Beck No. 1 opened in 1921, has a production capacity of 498 MW and Sir Adam Beck No. 2 opened in 1954, has a production capacity of 1440 MW.

In 1885 the Ontario provincial government established the Niagara Parks Commission. The orderly, landscaped quality of Queen Victoria Park gradually extended steadily along the Niagara river to the south to Fort Erie by 1915 and north to Niagara on the lake by 1931.

The Niagara Region contains several attractions which include Queen Victoria Park, Table Rock Scenic Tunnels, Spanish Aero Car, the annual Winter Festival of Lights; the historical museum at Lundy's Lane, the Maid of the Mist, Marineland, Skylon Tower, Minolta Tower, IMAX Theatre, the Butterfly Conservatory, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Canada One Factory Outlets, Casino Niagara and Fallsview, the Clifton Hill Attractions and several world class golf courses.

Links to Regional Municipality of Niagara Education Information

Public Education- Elementary and Secondary Schools

The District School Board of Niagara is a school board in the public school system of Ontario, Canada, in the Regional Municipality of Niagara. Its head office is in St. Catharines. The DSBN operates schools in each of the twelve municipalities in the region.

The English as Second Language (ESL) program is a temporary support program for students in grades 1 to 8 whose first language is not English. Students in the ESL program are working towards the same Ontario curriculum expectations as other students. The ESL program helps students with vocabulary, and reading and writing strategies to help them in all subject areas. The ESL program is available at all DSBN elementary schools.

191 Carlton Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7P4 Canada Phone: 905-641-1550

Niagara Catholic District School Board
427 Rice Road Welland ON L3C 7C1 Canada Phone: 905.735.0240

List of all Niagara High Schools with addresses


Niagara falls anounced approval of a new university to be located in Niagara falls.

Brock University is a public research university in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It is the only university in Canada in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, at the centre of Canada's Niagara Peninsula on the Niagara Escarpment. Brock offers the Intensive English Language Program (IELP). Students who meet undergraduate admission requirements but don’t meet Brock's English language proficiency requirements can apply to the IELP/undergraduate program. Students must submit an official English proficiency test score, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc., with your application. Once at Brock, students will write the Brock CamLA placement test. Both tests will be reviewed and students will be placed in the IELP level that reflects the higher of the two test scores. Levels range from preparatory to advanced Level 5. Each level or term is 12 weeks long with 25 hours of instruction per week.


Niagara College

Niagara College’s intensive English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program offers five levels of English language skill development, welcoming beginners through advanced English proficiencies, and are each four months in duration. The most rigorous language program at Niagara College, EAP is designed for secondary school (high school) graduates and English as a Second language (ESL) learners as the program focuses on preparing you for English language post-secondary studies and career advancement. Applicants to this program should be in the process of completing, or have completed, their final year of secondary school. The Niagara College EAP program is designed to strengthen all areas of English Language skills with the ultimate goal of preparing students for the workforce or to allow one to continue studies in one of the undergraduate or graduate programs at Niagara College.

Career and Skills Training Organizations

Niagara Parks School of Horticulture

Municipality - Cities/Towns

Lincoln - Beamsville, Campden, Jordan Station, Vineland, Vineland Station

Fort Erie - Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Stevensville

Grimsby - Grimsby

Niagara Falls - Niagara Falls

Niagara-On-The-Lake - Niagara-On-The-Lake, Queenston, St. Davids, Virgil

Pelham - Fenwick, Fonthill, Ridgeville

Port Colborne - Port Colborne, Sherkston

St. Catharines - St. Catharines

Thorold - Allanburg, Port Robinson, Thorold

Wainfleet - Wainfleet, Lowbanks

Welland - Welland

West Lincoln - Binbrook, Caistor Centre, Canfield, Grassie, Smithville, St. Anns, Wellandport


Niagara Falls Public Library
– great resource for many areas of historic interest. This link takes you to their Digital Collections which provides a view with many images in their collection along with other aspects of our past. Their database can also check newspaper clippings and other valuable references.

Brock Map Library
– wonderful collection of early maps of Niagara.

City of Niagara Falls Heritage Properties
- Link to City of Niagara Falls Heritage Properties

Niagara Frontier
- General information about Niagara Falls, geological origin, waterways, power, history and contemporary issues.

Historic Places
- Federal website dedicated to locating spaces of significance in our country.  The link provided takes you to a search of sites that are found within Niagara Falls.

The On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies
- This site contains information about the Loyalists and contains a search engine.

Butler’s Rangers
- An introductory site, the table of contents is a good source to use for re-enactors.

Black Loyalists
- information on early Ontario Black History

Upper Canada Land Petitions
– great resource for tracking down people who petitioned for land in Upper Canada

Niagara Parks Commission – Chippawa Battlefield Park
- introductory site and for visitation purposes

Archives of Ontario War of 1812 Virtual Exhibition
- Archives of Ontario War of 1812 Virtual Exhibition

1812 History
– A database of artefacts from Museums related to the War

Internet Archive
– great source of information, including a large number of early history books.

Historical Plaques of the Niagara Region
- List of Historical Plaques of the Niagara Region

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Ottawa Ontario Canada


Canadian Tulip Festival

We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Tulip Festival was back MAY 12-22, 2023 in Commissioners park this year. The Canadian Tulip Festival has been recognizing the sacrifices Canadian Soldiers made during the liberation of the Netherlands since 1953!

A Celebration of the Gift of Tulips and Canada's Role in the Liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War

Link to full details and festival information.

Link to Google images of tulip festival

Ottawa Cultural and Historical Attractions

Arts Court
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Carleton University Art Gallery
Centrepointe Theatre
Gallery 101
Great Canadian Theatre Company
Kanata Symphony Orchestra
Kanata Theatre
Karsh-Masson Gallery
La Nouvelle Scene
National Arts Centre
National Gallery of Canada
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Ottawa Art Gallery
Ottawa City Hall Gallery
Parliament Hill
Rideau Hall - Home of the Governor General
SAW Gallery

Ottawa Museums

Bank of Canada Currency Museum
Billings Estate Museum
Canada Agriculture Museum (Experimental Farm)
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canada Aviation Museum
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian War Museum
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
Diefenbunker - Canada's Cold War Museum
Goulbourn Museum
Library and Archives Canada
Nepean Museum
Osgoode Township Historical Society & Museum
Pinhey's Point Historic Site
Royal Canadian Mint
The Bytown Museum
Watson?s Mill

Links to Ottawa Maps

Ottawa Education Organizations

Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Support for English Language Learners - English Language Learners New to Ottawa - Once families have arrived in Ottawa, they should contact the Family Reception Centre at 613-239-2416 to make an appointment for initial assessment and school placement. The Family Reception Centre staff will recommend the most appropriate placement for students after assessing their educational background, English language proficiency and mathematics skills. The Family Reception Centre is open 12 months of the year and is located in the Adult High School building, 300 Rochester Street, Room 202. Families should call WELL BEFORE the first day of school in September, wherever possible, to avoid delays. Appointments will be scheduled only after families have arrived in Ottawa.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Support - ESL programs are intended for students whose first language is not English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools and who arrive in Canada with age-appropriate first-language literacy skills and educational backgrounds. Secondary students receive a credit for their ESL language courses but the courses are not linked to any grade since placement is based on English language proficiency.

ELD programs are intended for students whose first language is not English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools and who arrive in Canada with significant gaps in their education. They are most often from countries in which their access to education has been limited so that they have had limited opportunities to develop language and literacy skills in any language.

133 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2H6L3

Ottawa Universities

University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa offers a full range of academic and professional undergraduate programs in both English and French in nine faculties and schools: Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Management, Medicine, Science, Social Sciences. English language requirements for admission are: IELTS Overall score 6.5 Writing section 6.5; TOEFL IBT Overall score 86 Writing section 22; CAEL 60; DuoLingo 120; PTE 60.

The English Intensive Program (EIP) at the University of Ottawa is designed to build your confidence and help you acquire the language skills, academic abilities, and intercultural knowledge you need to succeed, both in your undergraduate or graduate program. You'll be given the tools to develop your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to effectively understand and communicate ideas in the academic context.

Centre for Language Learning - English Intensive Program
ESL 0105 - Pre-Academic Foundations in English
ESL 0110 - Academic Entry in English
ESL 0120 - Academic Development in English
ESL 0130 - Academic Enhancement in English
ESL 0140 - Academic Bridging in English

Carleton University

Carleton University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in: Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering and Design, Public Affairs, Science and Business.

The language of instruction at Carleton University is English. For admission, students will need to demonstrate that their knowledge and use of English are strong enough for studies in an English language university. Students who submit any of the following scores may be eligible for an offer with no further ESL requirement and may begin full time degree studies: CAEL 70, Duolingo 115, TOEFL IBT 86 with 20 writing, IELTS 6.5 and PTE 60.

Carleton University Academic ESL courses (ESLA 1300, ESLA 1500, ESLA 1900), offer you the opportunity to start your university studies BEFORE you have satisfied Carleton's English as a Second Language Requirements (ESLR). The School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) offers three credit English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes (ESLA) course levels to improve your academic English in stages. The courses have been developed to target both language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and the research and study skills that you need in order to be successful in an English language university. Depending on your English skills and the ESL placement you receive from us, you may start your ESLA studies at the introductory, intermediate, or advanced level.

Ottawa Colleges

Algonquin College

Algonquin College is a public-sector polytechnic institution operating under the auspices of Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. More than 20,000 students attend Algonquin College's Ottawa, Perth, and Pembroke, Ontario campuses, with tens of thousands more taking online programs. The College is the largest vocational training institution in Eastern Ontario, offering programs in everything from health, to business, media and design, trades and technology, heritage trades, public safety, community studies, hospitality and tourism, outdoor adventure, and more.

Algonquin College offers English as a Second Language (ESL) at Algonquin College Language Institute to improve English communication skills. Algonquin College courses are designed to meet various specific language needs, such as test preparation, language for business, and pronunciation. Your English language training focuses on a combination of lessons which includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

The Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization has been providing settlement and integration services to
the community for almost 30 years. Through innovative services, community building, and public
engagement, OCISO enables newcomers and their families to participate fully in an open and
welcoming Ottawa.

Ottawa Immigration Settlement LINC Services

YMCA of Ottawa-Carleton Assessment and Resource Centre
240 Catherine Street, Suite 308 Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2G8
(613) 594-0351

Tuesday 8 November 2022

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus

Bus and trolley fleets crisscross and cover over 1800 square kilometers putting you within easy reach of Vancouver major attractions. Many bus routes connect directly with SkyTrain and SeaBus.

SkyTrain is one of the most advanced light rapid transit systems in the world. It can speed you to a special destination or it can be an attraction on its own. SkyTrain currently whisks you along a scenic 28 kilometer track from Vancouver to Surrey, in just 39 minutes.

SeaBus is a passenger only ferry which connects buses and SkyTrain in Vancouver with services in the North Shore. Enjoy one of the most beautiful inner harbour and mountain views in the city on this 15 minute trip. Operates daily between Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay every 15 to 30 minutes. Bikes are welcome.

For detailed route information you may call the Customer Information Centre at (604) 873 - 7000.

Vancouver Skytrain Map

Vancouver Bicycle Map

Vancouver Education Listings

Vancouver Public Education, Elementary and Secondary Schools

The ESL programs are called English Language Learning (ELL). Students are divided up into three groups: Level 1- beginners and lower intermediates; Level 2/3- upper intermediates and advance, and Level 4 transitional. All ELL students in Level 1 take ELL Science, ELL Socials Studies, ELL Literature, and ELL Writing, plus an additional four courses at students' grade level: Math, P.E. and 2 electives (Art, Music, Technical Studies, Home Economics, Computer Studies; or Drama).

Vancouver School Board, 1580 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6J 5K8 Phone: (604) 713-5000 Email:

Catholic School Board, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver BC V5Z 0G3 Phone: 604-683-9331 Fax: 604-687-6692 E:

Vancouver Colleges

Vancouver Community College

English is the primary language of instruction at VCC. All applicants are required to demonstrate the appropriate level of English language proficiency to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English entrance requirements vary by program. CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test), Cambridge Assessment, Duolingo English Test, IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT are accepted as external test options for meeting VCC's English entrance requirements.

VCC International Education Office, 250 West Pender Street, Room 100, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1S9, Canada Tel: 1.604.443.8600 Fax: 1.604.443.8678

The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia boasts some of the city's best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, and forested trails in the adjoining Pacific Spirit Regional Park. English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students are required to demonstrate English language competency before they're admitted.

The University of British Columbia, English Language Institute (ELI) helps students learn ESL English quickly and effectively in Vancouver, BC. The English for Academic Purposes is for Lower Intermediate to Advanced can be online or in person, Vancouver English Experience Program is for Upper Elementary to Advanced.

Vancouver Education Organizations

Literacy B.C. , Linda Mitchell, Executive Director
622 - 510 West Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1L8
Tel: 604-684-0624, fax: 604-684-8520

Vancouver Community Organizations

Vancouver Immigration Settlement LINC Services

People living in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, South Delta, Burnaby or New Westminster, apply to: Vancouver Language Assessment Centre.

LINC Assessment and Referral Centre, #208 – 2525 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4C1 Tel: 604-876-5756 Fax: 604 876-0134

LINC stands for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada. The LINC program is one of the immigrant settlement services provided through the National Settlement Program. It is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and is free to students. LINC provides basic and intermediate level ESL training for adult newcomers to Canada. You can take LINC if you are a Permanent resident and 17 years or older.

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Monday 7 November 2022

Toronto Transportation & Accommodation


Airport transportation

Some airport and downtown hotels offer free shuttle bus service from the airport. The TTC offers two routes from Toronto to the airport and costs $3.25.

Pacific Western (905/564-6333) offers express bus service linking the Toronto airport to downtown hotels. The Pacific Western bus operates every 20 minutes from 6:25 am to 10:45 pm daily and costs $19.50.

The Airport drive can take well over an hour during weekday rush hours. Airport limos have fixed rates to different parts of the city and cost from $45 to $75. It is illegal for city cabs to pick up passengers at the airport, unless they are called. Taxis usually cost twice as much as airport Limos. The most expensive service is the language school pick-up and we never, never recommend it to international language students.

Have your address in English on a card - give it to the TTC driver or limo driver and they can direct you to your destination.

Many students now use Uber to travel when the TTC is not available.

Toronto Tour Bus Companies

The best student Toronto Tour Bus companies include: Temple and Temple (TnT) Student Bus Tours, Magic Bus Company and Moose Travel Network. These companies are excellent with international students and offer the best professional service.

Toronto Public Transportation

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and GO Transit offer Toronto area commuter rail and bus commuter services.

Toronto Railway Services

Amtrak (800/872-7245) runs a daily train from Toronto to Chicago and New York City.

VIA Rail Canada - (416/366-8411) runs trains to most major cities in Canada. Substantial discounts are available on Via Rail if you use your international student identification card. Amtrak and Via Rail operate from Toronto Union Station, 65-75 Front Street, between Bay and York Street in downtown Toronto.

Toronto Ride Share Services

The smartphone apps for Uber Toronto and Lyft Toronto ride share provides a lower cost (except during surge pricing) for many point to point trips throughout Toronto.

Toronto Student Accommodation

Toronto Hostels such as Toronto Backpackers and Hosteling international offer dorm rooms from $20 to 27. each per night.

University Student Residences can be rented by the day, week or month during the summer holidays.

Downtown Toronto University residences include:
U of T, Loretto College (416) 925-4058,
U of T, St. Joseph's College (416) 962-5519,
U of T, New College (416)946-5317,
U of T, Knox College (416)978-0168,
U of T, Victoria University(416)585-4524,
Ryerson University, Pitman Hall (416) 979-5296,
Neill Wycik College Co-op (416)977-2320

List of Toronto Hostels

Toronto Air BnB

Many students will use AirBnb for the first week or month to provide an initial home base while looking for less expensive housing in Toronto during the 2018 Toronto Real Estate Price Peak.

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Toronto Events Attractions Activities & Entertainment

 Annual Events

World famous annual events held each year in Toronto include: Carabana Toronto, International Beaches Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs Toronto, Nuit Blanche, Fringe Theatre Festival, North by Northeast Music Festival, One of a Kind Craft Show, Luminato, Santa's Parade of Lights, Scream in High Park - Literary Festival, Pride Parade of Toronto, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Cavalcade of Lights, Toronto Trek Convention, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Summerlicious and Winterlicious Toronto.

My favorite Toronto annual event is the Canadian National Exhibition held each summer.

Art Galleries

Toronto has several art galleries that exhibit a wide variety of permanent collections and feature international traveling exhibits. Art galleries include: Art Gallery of Ontario, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Powerplant Gallery, Ryerson Gallery, University of Toronto Gallery and Art Gallery of York University.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is underway for the summer. The event includes sculpture, painting, original prints, ceramics, glass, metal, wood, fibre, photography and mixed media. The annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition will take place at Nathan Phillips Square.


Toronto Libraries are generally regarded as the best when compared to any major city library system. The Toronto reference Library offers millions of books, maps, documents, DVDs, videos, CDs, ESL and FSL learning materials and a fully equipped language listening laboratory.

Toronto Reference Library Tour. The new Toronto reference library officially opened, 2 November, 1977 at 789 Yonge Street, at the northeast corner of Asquith Avenue. This library features several collections, many services, virtual and computer learning stations including language learning labs.
Link to Toronto Reference Library (TRL)

Unique Movie Venues

Cinesphere Theatre at Ontario Place and Omnimax at the Ontario Science Centre

Canada's Walk of Fame presents the Annual Tribute Gala honoring Canada's biggest entertainment stars. Canada has a long history starting with Warner Brothers from New Brunswick and featuring teen idols from Paul Anka to Justin Bieber, singing diva's, country stars, silent movie heroines, famous sex symbols, brilliant comedy stars, even the tweeting astronaut.


The Toronto Information Guide "Museums" is the best place to start looking at the variety of Toronto Museums. Museums include: Bata Shoe Museum, Black Creek Pioneer Village, CBC Museum, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Casa Loma, The Hockey Hall of Fame, Museum for Textiles, MZTV Museum of Television and the World Famous Royal Ontario Museum.

Ontario Science Centre
Experience over 800 interactive exhibits, daily demonstrations and programs. Visit Ontario's only dome theatre and see a large-format film under the giant IMAX dome screen.

The Toronto Aerospace Museum's most ambitious project is the construction of a full-size replica of the magnificent Avro CF-105 Arrow supersonic interceptor that first flew at Toronto's Malton Airport in 1958.

Black Creek Pioneer Village a restored 19th-century rural Victorian community, is located in northwest Toronto. The Village re-creates the past with over 35 carefully restored 1860s shops and homes, interpreters in period dress who help guide you through Canadian history.

Fort York reconstructed after the battle, today's Fort York is Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and a designated National Historic Site.

Nature Trails and Parks

Metro Toronto Parks Facilities include hiking trails, nature trails, playing fields, community centers, recreation facilities events and camps. The Toronto Island Park and Waterfront Trail are excellent locations for leisure time relaxation.

Allen Gardens Conservatory
Features six greenhouses comprising over 16,000 square feet of colourful seasonal plants which supplement the permanent plant collection. Of botanical importance since 1858 the conservatory boasts the "Palm House" (1910) modeled after similar structures in the United States and England.

Centreville Amusement Park is nestled on over 600 acres of parkland with over 30 rides and attractions. The Toronto islands offer a panoramic view of the city skyline and miles of parkland with beaches, barbecues and picnic tables, boat rentals, bicycle paths and a children's farm.

Paramount Canada's Wonderland is Canada's premier theme park and features over 200 attractions, more than 60 thrilling rides, North America's greatest variety of roller coasters, and Splash Works, a 20-acre water park.

Outdoor Activities and Exhibitions

The Toronto waterfront has excellent walking trails which connect "The Beaches", Harbourfront Centre and Ontario Place. Other Toronto outdoor activities and exhibitions include: Canada's Wonderland, the CN Tower, Metro Toronto Zoo and Skydome.

The SkyDome
The tour begins with a visit to the renovated museum area and a short film about the construction of the SkyDome. It continues with a 45 minute guided walking tour of areas not usually accessible to the general public.

Riverdale Farm
Located within the historic Cabbagetown area, Riverdale Farm replicates a small, turn of the century Ontario farm. Cows, pigs, horses, goats and chicken provide lots of fun and learning opportunities for informal demonstrations including milking, cream separating, egg collecting, sheep shearing and wool spinning.

Ontario Place is a 96-acre modernistic park with a culture, leisure and entertainment complex built on three human-made islands over the lake. Ontario Place features restaurants, a children's village, an outdoor amphitheatre, a water play area, mini-golf, the Rush River Raft Ride and many other attractions. The highlight of Ontario Place is the Cinesphere - a six-story curved screen capable of showing not only regular 35 and 70 millimetre films, but IMAX films as well.

Performance Arts Dance Opera Theatre Stages

Toronto is home to the third largest Live Entertainment Center in North America. The excellent Performance Arts Dance Opera Theatre Stages include: Harbourfront Centre, Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, National Ballet of Canada, New Opera Centre, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Roy Thomson Hall, Ryerson Dance, Second City Theatre Company, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, York U. Dance Events and Yuk Yuk's.

Professional Sports

Visitors to Toronto can attend many different professional sports. Toronto teams include: Toronto Argonauts Football, Toronto Blue Jays Baseball, Toronto Indy Car Racing, Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey, Toronto Raptors Basketball, Toronto Rock Lacrosse and the "TFC" Toronto Football Club for soccer.

Toronto Argonauts Football Club
Formed as part of the Argonaut Rowing Club using the double blue colours of Oxford and Cambridge for club members who were rugby football enthusiasts. The Argos celebrate 130 years of history including 14 Grey Cup championships.

Toronto Blue Jays Baseball
Special group programs include: play baseball/softball on the same field; take to the mound, throw a pitch; all summer camp groups of 20 or more are invited to watch the Blue Jays; a buffet picnic in the stands and catch all the behind-the-scenes action in the Blue Jays Bullpen

The Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Team will make you cry. The last 2 years featured high hopes and team collapses.

Toronto Newspapers, Magazines, TV and Radio Stations

The big four Toronto Newspapers: The Star, Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, National Post.

The three big free daily newspapers - Metr0, 24 and Toronto Tonight.

The big weekly Toronto newspapers: EYE Weekly, NOW Weekly and Town Crier Weekly.

Toronto AM Radio stations: 530 CIAO, Fan 590, CFTR - 680, CFRB - 1010, CHUM - 1050,

Toronto FM Radio stations: CBC, CFNY 102.1, CHFI 97.3

Toronto Television stations: Bravo!, CablePulse 24, CBC, CBC Newsworld, CFMT Television CBC TV Weekly, City TV Daily, Discovery Channel, History Television, MuchMusic MusiquePlus, ONtv, OMNI TV, Parliament Broadcasts, Prime, Space, the Imagination Station, The Comedy Network, The Sports Network - TSN, TV Ontario, The New VR, Weather Network

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Sunday 6 November 2022

City of Toronto

Toronto Universities

Toronto Metropolitan University

The Pre-ESL Foundation Program is 8 weeks including 20 hours of class per week of blended learning in both in-person and virtual formats. The Toronto Metropolitan University Real Institute ESL Foundation Program teaches in-depth English proficiency in writing, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The TMU instructors will inspire you to participate in 20-25 hours of classroom activity in a supportive environment with small class sizes. Transition into your undergraduate program with up to 3 credits earned toward your degree. The Toronto Metropolitan University English language proficiency requirements for admission is IELTS 5.0 or Duolingo 80-89 or TOEFL iBT 64-68.

York University

For admission to most programs at York University, applicants required to submit proof of language proficiency, can choose from the York University approved English or French language tests listed below: TOEFL iBT: 83; IELTS*(Academic Module) 6.5; Pearson PTE Academic 60; (CAEL) 60; (CAE, CPE) C1 Advanced; Duolingo 115.

Pathway to Admission: Students with unsuccessful English language test results can boost their proficiency and still obtain admission to York by completing a program at the York University English Language Institute (YUELI). YUELI provides the highest quality English language instruction, serving over 2,000 students from more than 50 different countries every year. YUELI's programs include university academic preparation programs for undergraduate and graduate students, summer language institutes and customized programs.

University of Toronto

University of Toronto currently has 5 Courses in ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES. 0150 Academic English will provide you with the opportunity to meet the language facility requirement and help you build the confidence you need to excel in an academic environment. In the program, you will strengthen your skills in academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Academic English Level 60 for Conditional Acceptance is for learners who have received a conditional offer of admission to an undergraduate or graduate (Master’s or PhD) program at the University of Toronto. The Academic English Online Program takes a theme-based integrated skills approach with attention to and development of all four skill areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Toronto Community Colleges

George Brown

The School of English as a Second Language provides many opportunities for you to improve your English language to get ready for the post-secondary programs. Studying at George Brown's downtown campus allows you to experience one of Canada's most vibrant cities. Our student support team will help you become part of the college whether you are studying online or in the classroom in Toronto.​

The George Brown School of English "English for Academic Purposes Program" can help you improve your English and prepare for post-secondary study and future employment. In addition to your studies, you'll get a true Canadian college experience through various student life events and activities.


The Seneca English Language Institute (ELI) offers a premium English as Second language (ESL) program for international students. The ELI is recognized for its expert faculty, quality programming and flexible study options. As an ELI student, you are also a Seneca student and have the opportunity to integrate into the Seneca community right away. You will have access to Seneca’s state-of-the-art campuses and extensive supports and services such as libraries, computing centres, counselling, tutoring, career services, gyms and fitness centres, residences and more.


English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is an intensive, full-time academic English program that will help you build on and improve your language skills for success in college or university. English for Academic Purposes will offer you the opportunity to study English in a supportive college environment while you develop effective academic communication skills by focusing on the key areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. You'll have the opportunity to participate in communicative language activities, interactive exercises, group work and presentations. Through this program, you'll also have access to helpful resources and services such as tutoring, the library and counselling.


English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program - Study English with the Centre for Education, Language & Professional Practice at the Humber Lakeshore Campus. The eight-week curriculum is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their communication skills for entry to college or university. The EAP program features: small classes; twenty-two hours per week; eight levels of study; with six intakes: September, October, January, March, May and July.

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