Alternate Name CLARS ; Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System ; Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada ; LARC ; LINC
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
Merivale Mall
1642 Merivale Rd, Second Flr
Ottawa, ON K2G 4A1
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Intersection Merivale Rd and Viewmount Dr
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free parking
Description and Services
Description (Service) Centre that provides immigrants with English or French language assessments for government-funded programs. 
Programs included in the government funded Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS): 
* English as a Second Language (ESL) 
* French as a Second Language (FSL) 
* Language instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) 
* Bridge to Work Programs/Placements (BWP) 
* Enhanced Language Training (ELT): higher level language training 
* "Cours de langue de niveau avancé" (NLCA) 
* Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT) 
* "Formation linguistique axée sur les professions" (FLAP) 
Certified Language Assessors administer: 
* standardized Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA) 
* Canadian Language Benchmarks Literacy Assessment (CLBLA) 
* Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) 
* Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (ELTPA) 
* "Batterie de test de classement" (BTC) 
Following assessment, language benchmarks are assigned and clients are referred to the appropriate program * an information & referral specialist is available to assist newcomers referrals to diverse settlement needs
Hours Mon 8:30 am-7 pm, Tue-Thu 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Fri 8:30 am-4 pm
Areas Served Ottawa ; Renfrew County
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Ontario residents 18 years and older who are: 
* Canadian Citizens born outside of Canada 
* Permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrant )  
* Convention refugees 
* Refugee claimants 
* Persons in Canada whose applications for Permanent status are being processed in Canada and who have been informed by a letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada-IRCC of the initial approval of their application subject to an admissibility assessment. 
* other specific cases, call for more details
Application Call to make an appointment for a language assessment * bring the following to the appointment: proof of status in Canada, proof of address, proof of age
Languages English ; French
Fees None - for eligible clients
Service Categories Language Instruction ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Language Proficiency Testing ~ Immigrants/Refugees
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-688-2150
Fax 613-688-2166
Primary Contact Raymonda Ibrahim, Language Assessment and Referral Center Director; Phone: 613-238-5462 ext 14; Email:
Alternate Contact Melanie Vaughan, Senior Director of Employment and Immigrant Services; Phone: 613-238-5462 ext 20; Email:
Primary Executive Melanie Vaughan, Senior Director of Employment and Immigrant Services; Phone: 613-788-5001 ext 5127; Fax: 613-788-5051
Other Details
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration ; Federal - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Resources Website
Accreditation No

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