About Us

The Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC) serves adult Permanent Residents who want to attend LINC programs in Saskatoon and Regina.
The LARC is comprised of a team of staff that is proficient in different ethnic languages and tasked with the responsibility of providing exceptional client services. The team assists each client with:

  • General service inquiries and appointment bookings
  • Screening to determine residency status in Canada, address, age, and language training background
  • Standardized administration of the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) and the Literacy Placement Tool (LPT) to assess proficiencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Providing information about LINC programs, such as class schedules, locations, and availability
  • Referrals to appropriate classes in view of each clients’ individual situation and needs

The LARC utilizes the following assessment tools:

  • Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT): a streamlined test referenced to the Canadian Language Benchmarks to asses ESL learners for English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks Literacy Placement Tool (LPT): standardized assessment tool used to determine a client’s level of English language literacy proficiency and to facilitate initial placement of adult ESL learners into classes

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be Permanent Residents
  • Must provide Proof of Permanent Residence at time of Assessment
  • Must come in person for any LARC services (Assessment or Referral)

Management of LARC

The LARC was established on April 1, 2014. It is one of the community projects administered by the International Women of Saskatoon (IWS) Inc. on the principles of consultation, collaboration, and coordination.

IWS is a registered charity established in 1985 with the mandate to help improve the status of newcomer, immigrant, and refugee women and their families residing in Saskatoon and area by assisting them to become full participating members of Canadian society. In the years that IWS has been in existence, we have gained significant experience and thus developed a strong organizational capacity to help support the effective settlement and integration of new Canadians in Saskatoon through free pro-grams and services.

Our past experience as one of the LINC providers in the city has helped to prepare us for this new role and also equipped us with the requisite capacity to help support clients’ language needs vis-à-vis assessments and referrals.

IWS is committed to furthering the objectives of the LARC Project through client-centred care, effective coordination, community leadership, and by liaising and working collaboratively with LINC service providers and other community stakeholders in order to implement the key deliverables and achieve the intended client outcomes.

For more information on IWS, please visit www.internationalwomenofsaskatoon.org or contact IWS at (306) 978-6611