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Language and Vocational Assessment (LVA) Program

This program provides first-language literacy and/or English language level assessment using the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) tools. It also offers career and educational counselling, student financial information, and referrals to English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The program also publishes a biannual Directory of ESL Programs and Services.

Am I eligible?

This program is designed for adults for whom English is not the first language. Unlike the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program, this service is also available to Canadian citizens.

Where is this service provided?
Catholic Social Services
10709 105 Street
Edmonton, AB T5H 2X3

How much will it cost me?
There is no cost to clients who are permanent residents or citizens of Canada. The LVA program is funded by Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.

How do I access this program?
  1. Come in person to the Catholic Social Services office at10709-105 Street in Edmonton.
  2. Bring your Permanent Resident Card, citizenship document, landing papers (original only), or letter of confirmation of convention refugee determination with you.
  3. Meet with a Centralized Intake Worker who will book an appointment for your language test.
  4. On the day of your assessment, bring your Permanent Resident Card, citizenship document, landing papers (original only), or letter of confirmation of convention refugee determination with you, as well as, the paper confirming your booking.
Who do I contact for more information?
If you have any questions regarding ESL Programs, Education Counselling, or wish to rebook your appointment, please call 780-424-3545, and your call will be directed to the LVA Referral.

Program Outcomes
Clients learn their English skill levels according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) assessments. They will leave with their results and with information regarding ESL programming, skills training options, and student funding information.

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