Enhanced Language Training (ELT)

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 gain 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 online or in Oshawa and Pickering.

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

Each student may be required to 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. 


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
    • Protected Persons
    • Have achieved a CLB 6 or higher
Virtual Information Session Dates and Times

Information Sessions will be offered virtually as follows:

  • September 3 @ 1:00 pm
  • September 8 @ 10:00 am
  • September 10 @ 1:00 pm
  • September 15 @ 10:00 am

Please email to Maureen.johnston@ddsb.ca  to receive the link to the online 60 minute information session.

Attend one orientation session to learn about employment programs for newcomers to Canada. 

Enhanced Language Training (ELT) is a free program that focus helping students to prepare for work, build interview skills, learn about Canadian workplace customs and culture etc.  These courses are followed by a workplace internship.  The internship is meant to offer you a great opportunity.  You can network with professionals in your field, obtain Canadian references, and add a Canadian employer to your resume.

The next program session will begin September 20, 2021.

If you would like to learn about the 8 week courses, come to an INFORMATION SESSION. You will learn about the program, meet the coordinator and be able to ask any questions you may have.

If you do not have current CLBs, please book a free language assessment.  CLBs are a requirement for the course, and there will be a delay getting an appointment, so please book right away if you are considering a class. You can schedule an appointment by phoning 1.855.330.8655 or by following the link: https://achev.ca/service/language-assessment-services-york-durham-simcoe/

Program Dates
Fall Session - (September, 2021)

Location TBD/Online/Hybrid options

In-class dates and time:

  • September 20, 2021 – November 16, 2021
  • ​8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Internship Dates:

  • November 17, 2021 – January 26, 2022
Maureen Johnston
ELT Client Counsellor/Placement Coordinator
Student Success Stories

Ahmad - Thanks to the DCE and the Durham Workforce Authority, Ahmad is achieving his employment goals.