The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) have launched a project to test the benefits of a harmonized approach to language assessment and referral for newcomers. The project called “Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System” (CLARS) offers a “one-stop” language assessment.
The CIC and the MCI currently fund a diverse suite of language programs for newcomers, including: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), Enhanced Language Training, Bridge-to-Work and Occupation-Specific Language Training, English as a Second Language (ESL); and Specialized Language Training. Currently, they have separate language assessment processes, and offer different language courses for newcomers with differing eligibility criteria. It is hoped that CLARS would have significant benefits by offering:
- Standardized language testing and benchmarks;
- Ability to refer newcomers to the language training that best meets their needs – regardless of whether the course is funded by the federal or provincial governments.
On May 8th, 2013 we held an event where representatives from CIC and MCI presented the new model of assessment and referrals and its implementation in Toronto. Please refer to the Presentation for details.