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 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. 


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
Virtual Information Session Dates and Times

Information Sessions will be offered virtually as follows: 

  • November 5 @ 1:00  
  • November 12 @ 11:00
  • November 18 @ 2:00 

Please email to Maureen.johnston@ddsb.ca  to receive the link to the online 30 minute information session.

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

Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Language Training for Apprenticeships (LTA) are free programs 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 classes will begin on September 14 in the Durham Region or virtually (pending recommendations from DDSB and the province of Ontario.)

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

Students must have a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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 with the following link: https://achev.ca/service/language-assessment-services-york-durham-simcoe/

Program Dates
Winter Session - (November 2020)
Location TBD

In-class dates and time:

  • November 23, 2020 - January 29, 2021
  • ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Placement dates:

  • February 1, 2021 to March 29, 2021

Maureen Johnston
ELT/LTA Client Counsellor/Placement coordinator