Newcomer Driver’s Education

Welcome to the Newcomer Driver Education Program at IRCOM

Are you seeking a Class 5 driver’s licence? We’ are here to help! In partnership with Manitoba Public Insurance, the Immigrant and Refugee Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) offers  the Newcomer Driver Education Program for immigrants and refugees who have been in Canada for less than 3 years.  This is a unique program that helps Newcomers to obtain their drivers’ licences. We will help you develop the skills you need to drive safely and confidently and avoid the dangers of the road.


Program Eligibility

To qualify for the NDEP you must:

  • Be a Manitoban resident
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be licensable under all applicable legislation
  • Consent to a check of your driving history record
  • Be low-income*
  • Be a newcomer (immigrant or refugee, refugee claimant) less than three years in Canada
  • Meet the language requirements
  • Pay $ 50 for registration, payable to Manitoba Public Insurance

*Low Income Qualification Chart:

Household Size Maximum Gross Household Income
1 person $18,450
2 persons $22,969
3 persons $28,238
4 persons $34,284
5 persons $38,885
6 persons $43,855
7 or more persons $48,826

IRCOM looks at household income to help determine eligibility for our programs. We use Statistics Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) as a guide (we use 75% of LICO). Other factors besides LICO are also considered.

Course overview

The Newcomer Driver Education Program includes:

  • 20 hours of classroom instruction(including knowledge test)
  • 4 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a certified driving instructor
  • 4 hours of in-car observation

Participants are also required to practice with other qualifying supervising driver for a minimum of 24 hours.

The In-Class instruction covers topics such as safe driving practices, basic driving skills, rules of the road, novice drivers’ risk assessment, and consequences of impaired driving, defensive driving, winter challenges and gravel road driving.

We will individualize the in-car training to meet your needs, if necessary.


January 2019 class:  From January 8th to February 2nd, 2019 –        Tuesdays (12:30pm to 3pm) and Saturdays (1pm to 4pm)

February 2019 class: From February 6th to February 28th, 2019 – Wednesdays and Thursdays (12:15pm to 3:15pm)

To enroll, YOU MUST REGISTER during one of our Information Sessions:      

Registration starts from  December 3rd to December 13th, 2018

PLEASE CALL (204) 943-8765 EXT. 211 OR come in person to 215 Isabel Street to register your name for one of  the Information Sessions.



¨ Must be at least 18 years old

¨ Must be a  Manitoba resident

¨ Must be a  Newcomer (Immigrants or Refugees) less than 3 years in Canada. If you have been in Canada for more than 3 years in Canada, you can also apply.

¨ Be licensable under all applicable legislation

¨ Consent to a check of  your driving history record

¨ Applicants have to fall below or at  low income  cut off (please check our website for details)

¨ Must meet the language requirements. You must have CLB 4 in all levels. If you already have a beginners’ license, we accept from CLB 3 in all levels.

¨ Must pay registration fee of $50 payable to MPI