About the program

School boards located across Ontario provide language training classes. You can take beginner, intermediate and advanced-level classes.

Learning options

  • in-class
  • online

Schedule options

  • part-time or full-time
  • daytime and evening
  • Monday to Friday and weekend

Program length

  • The length varies. You can start and end at different times. You can take as many courses as needed to reach your goals.


You must be a resident of Ontario. You must also be one of the following:

  • naturalized Canadian citizen
  • permanent resident
  • protected person (including Convention refugee)
  • refugee claimant
  • provincial nominee approved through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  • person admitted under a federal caregiver program with a path to permanent residency

This program might be good for you if you:

  • want to improve your French skills to better communicate in your everyday life
  • need to improve your French skills to find a job or go to school
  • need to prepare for a French language proficiency test

Find locations near me

Program cost

This program is free.

Note: Service providers may charge a small fee for materials.

How to register

  1. Contact your nearest language assessment centre. Find out if you are eligible and take an assessment. These centres are also known as "CLARS Centres," which stands for Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System Centre.
  2. Once you receive the results of the assessment, you will be given a list of federally and provincially funded programs that you can choose from.
  3. Register for the course you want to take.

Language assessment centres

CLARS Centres

Achēv (Ajax)Ajax Welcome Centre
458 Fairall Street, Ajax, ON L1S 1R6
Achēv (Barrie)Career Centre
320 Bayfield Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3C1
Achēv (Bradford)Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library
425 Holland Street West, Bradford, ON L3Z 0J2
Achēv (Brampton East)Language Assessment Centre – Brampton East
263 Queen Street East, Unit 14, Brampton, ON L6W 4K6
Achēv (Brampton South)Language Assessment Centre – Brampton South
7700 Hurontario Street North, Unit 601, Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3
905-457-4747 ext. 3025
Achēv (Malton)Language Assessment Centre - Malton
7420 Airport Road, Suite 104 Mississauga, ON L4T 4E5
905-677-0007 ext. 5228
Achēv (Malton-Itinerant)Centre for Skills Development (Itinerant)
3350 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3M6
Achēv (Markham North)Markham North Welcome Centre
8400 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, ON L3R 4N7
Achēv (Markham South)Markham South Welcome Centre
7220 Kennedy Road, Markham, ON L3R 7P2
Achēv (Milton-itinerant)Halton Region Milton Sports Centre (itinerant)
605 Santa Maria Boulevard, Room 3, Milton, ON L9T 6J5
905-875-3851 ext. 5012
Achēv (Mississauga)Language Assessment Centre – Mississauga City Centre
50 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Suite 300, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C2
905-949-0049 ext. 1369
Achēv (Newmarket)Newmarket Welcome Centre
16655 Yonge Street, Barrie, ON L3X 1V6
Achēv (Oakville)Language Assessment Centre - Oakville
690 Dorval Drive, Suite 100 Oakville, ON L6K 3X9
905-875-3851 ext. 5012
Achēv (Oshawa)Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre
272 King Street East, Oshawa, ON L1H 1C9
Achēv (Pickering)Pickering Welcome Centre
1400 Bayla Street, Pickering, ON L1W 3R2
Achēv (Richmond Hill)CLARS Language Assessment
Services York-Simcoe-Durham
420 Highway 7 East, Suite 204B, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1A7
Achēv (Richmond Hill)Richmond Hill Welcome Centre
9325 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0A8
Achēv (Vaughan)Vaughan Welcome Centre
9100 Jane Street, Vaughan, ON L4K 0A8
Achēv (Whitby)Whitby Catholic Continuing Education Centre
1003 Giffard Street, Whitby, ON L1N 2S4
Upper Canada District School Board - TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education (Brockville)Brockville Campus
163 Ormond Street, Brockville, ON K6V 2L2
Upper Canada District School Board - TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education (Cornwall)TR Leger Immigrant Services (TRLIS) Welcome Centre / Main Office
600 McConnell Avenue, Cornwall, ON K6H 4M1
613-933-9626 ext. 4414/ Toll-free: 1-877-875-3437
YMCA of Greater Toronto (Don Valley North)Toronto Consumers YMCA Immigrant Services
110-251 Consumers Road, Toronto, ON M2J 4R3
YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region - Central308 - 240 Catherine Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 2G8
YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region - West1642 Merivale Road, Second Floor (Merivale Mall), Ottawa, ON, K2G 4A1

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