Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

Language Assessment Centre for Northern Ontario

The language assessment centre provides clients with free language assessments and referral services for government-funded English training programs.  A certified language assessor will travel to outlying itinerant sites for language assessments where applicable. 



Who is eligible?

All newcomers to Canada are eligible for a language assessment except those born in Canada, just visiting with a temporary visa (visitors or international students) or immigrants who have become citizens whose first language is English.  You must be 18 years of age or older.  


What do I bring to the assessment?

You will be required to present proof of your residency in Ontario, so please bring your original documents and photo ID to your assessment. 

What can I expect at the assessment?

A certified Language Assessor will test how good your English skills are in listening, speaking, reading and writing based on the Canadian language benchmarks.  For more information about the Canadian language benchmarks go to this site: 

Please note that the assessment process can take up to 3 hours.  Also child-minding is not available while taking the test.  Cell phones must be turned off during testing.


Proof of English Ability for Citizenship Purposes:

A Language Assessment 
  • does not provide proof of language proficiency for citizenship 
  • is required before being placed in a government funded English training program
Government-funded English training programs can provide a certificate for citizenship purposes but you must attend for at least 3 months.  


Please call to schedule an appointment at a location close to you: 

Regional Language Assessment Centre

Thunder Bay, Multicultural Association
17 N Court St
Thunder Bay, ON, P7A 4T4
Phone: (807) 345-0551       Toll Free: (866) 831-1144
Regional Language Assessor: Maggie Landry maggiel(at)

Itinerant Sites:

The Multicultural Association of Kenora & District
136 Main St S
Kenora, ON, P9N 1S9
Phone: (807) 468-7104 Toll-Free: (888) 242-5661

North Bay & District Multicultural Centre
100 Main St E
North Bay, ON, P1A 1A8
Phone: (705) 495-8931

Northwest Employment Works (NEW)
Confederation College Employment Services
P.O. Box 100
52 Peninsula Rd, North Block, Suite 111
Marathon, ON, PO5 2E0
Phone: (807) 223-4007

Sault Community Career Centre
503 Queen St E
Sault Ste Marie, ON, P6A 2A2
Phone: (705) 759-0909 Ext. 4225 Toll-Free: (855) 759-0909

Timmins & District Multicultural Centre
Pine Plaza, 119 St S Suite 10
Timmins, ON, P4N 3K3
Phone: (705) 363-7267

YMCA of Sudbury - Newcomer Services
112-10 Elm St
Sudbury, ON, P3C 5N3
Phone: (705) 470-3022

English Instruction Centres:

Laurentian Learning Centre
Near North District School Board
647 McKay Ave
North Bay, ON, P1B 7V7
Phone: (705) 472-5419 Ext. 5990

Northeastern Catholic District School Board
101 Spruce St N
Timmins, ON, P4N 6M9
Phone: (705) 268-7443 Toll-Free: (877) 422-9322

Northland Adult Learning Centre
440 Northland Rd
Sault Ste Marie, ON, P6C 3N6
Phone: (705) 945-7109 Toll-Free: (705) 945-7109

The Lakehead Adult Education Centre
Lakehead District School Board
1255 S Lillie St
Thunder Bay, ON, P7E 2A3
Phone: (807) 625-5145

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
Thunder Bay Multicultural Centre
17 N Court St
Thunder Bay, ON, P7A 4T4
Phone: (807) 345-0551 Toll-Free: (888) 831-1144

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
85 Larch St
Sudbury, ON, P3E 1B8
Phone: (705) 675-8405



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