Newcomer Settlement Services

Newcomer's Welcome Centre | Portage Learning and Literacy Centre

Our Newcomer Settlement Services program provides various settlement services, language training, and community connection activities to help newcomers to Canada settle into their new community and begin to participate in all facets of Canadian life.

We offer formal English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and coordinate volunteers to offer informal language training (one-to-one, small group sessions or Conversation Circles) for anyone wanting to improve their English and make new friends.

Our friendly and helpful staff look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the community. Whether you want to come by for a visit, join in on our activities, or set up an appointment to meet with staff, we look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Please feel free to contact our Settlement staff:

Miriam Turyamwijuka, Settlement Coordinator: 204 857 6304 ext. 229

Adrienne Lagace, Settlement Worker: 204 857 6304 ext. 229

Maria Victor, Program Assistant: 204 857 6304 ext. 268

Pearl Tymchuk, Settlement Worker/Volunteer Coordinator: 204 857 6304 ext. 268

We offer a variety of services to newcomers, including:

  • Providing information on resources in the community (e.g. education, recreation, social services, healthcare)
  • Assisting with important documents (e.g. MB Health Card, SIN, etc.)
  • Commissioner of Oaths and Notary Services for documents
  • Connecting newcomers with volunteers who will assist in many areas of life in Canada, including practicing English
  • Providing ESL classes, assessment of your Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels, and access to other language training opportunities (e.g. online)
  • Assistance with finding housing in the region
  • Guidance with finding employment and assistance in developing cover letters and resumes or referrals to other agencies
  • Support with finding employment and working toward credential recognition in field of education or training
  • Helping newcomers learn more about immigration and citizenship
  • Providing opportunities for community integration (e.g. social functions, fun events, celebrations, and volunteer opportunities)
  • Specialized programs for youth and for women (e.g. Summer Youth Engagement Program, Portage la Prairie Regional Library Partnership, Women’s Empowerment Group)
  • Helping newcomers meet new friends and making the community feel like home

In order to be eligible for our settlement services, you must have Permanent Resident Status in Canada. However, we can connect anyone in the community requiring additional support with volunteers to assist in meeting your needs.

Newcomer Settlement Services is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Newcomer's Welcome Centre | Portage Learning and Literacy Centre

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Our LINC Program is a language instruction program for eligible adult learners. You do not have to pay to for ESL classes offered through this program. These classes  assist learners to attain proficiency in English required for basic social interaction and also help newcomers find employment and pursue educational goals.

Language Assessments and Registrations | Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Language Assessment and Registration

Before you are placed in an English class, you will have your English level assessed. Assessments are conducted by professional staff from the Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre (WELARC) and can be conducted by a remote assessment conducted at the PLLC. The test measures your skill in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English. The assessment will allow you to be referred to an appropriate class level in a local language training program in Portage la Prairie or through English Online.

You can register for a class at any time. We have continuous intake. However, please bring your Permanent Resident card with you when registering for a class.

For more information, phone 204-857-6304 ext. 268, or come into our office at 110 Saskatchewan Ave. West in Portage la Prairie.

Class Schedule for 2018-2019 (September 11, 2018 to June 20, 2019)

Portage la Prairie
Stage 1 (CLB 1 to 4) & Stage 2 (CLB 5 to 8) classes at the Portage Learning & Literacy Centre

Stage 1: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Stage 2: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Notre Dame de Lourdes & St. Claude
We are currently looking for volunteers in these communities to facilitate Conversation Circles. Please contact us at volunteer@pllc.ca.

Upcoming Events

Jul
16
Mon
1:30 pm Conversation Circle @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Conversation Circle @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Jul 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Are you wanting to practice your English while making new friends? Join us for a Conversation Circle at the PLLC every Monday and Wednesday afternoon.
4:30 pm Garden Club @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Garden Club @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Jul 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the newcomer’s Garden Club at the garden plots at the Rotary Republic of Manitobah Park in Portage la Prairie. We will be weeding, watering, and enjoying each other’s company. We will also have trips to do strawberry picking and Saskatoon berry picking. Come out for a relaxing and fun time with the garden club!
Jul
18
Wed
12:00 pm Summer Youth Program @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Summer Youth Program @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Summer Youth Program @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre | Portage la Prairie | Manitoba | Canada
1:30 pm Conversation Circle @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Conversation Circle @ Portage Learning and Literacy Centre
Jul 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Are you wanting to practice your English while making new friends? Join us for a Conversation Circle at the PLLC every Monday and Wednesday afternoon.