Occupation Specific Language Training

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has funded 13 colleges across Ontario to offer occupation-specific language training courses at no cost to newcomers who

• have training or experience in a specific occupation or sector but need to improve occupation-specific communication skills
• have language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels 6 to 8 in at least one language skill area or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens of 6 to 8 for courses taught in French.
• are permanent residents or protected persons.

The Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) courses offer recently-arrived newcomers an opportunity to develop skills relating to Canadian communication and cultural practices across a range of 6 industry sectors and over 20 occupations including Business, Health Sciences, Technology, Skilled Trades and Human Services .
Participants in the OSLT program develop language and communication skills needed to:

• understand workplace culture in their occupation and sector
• interact effectively with their colleagues, clients and supervisors
• give and receive information by email and telephone
• interview and network effectively
On successful completion of the180-hour course, participants will be able to demonstrate the communication skills required to carry out key functions within one of the occupations included in the course
These occupation-specific language training courses take place at college campuses and workplaces and are offered part-time or full-time
For more information, please go to www.co-oslt.org

ICE Committee