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.

The Newcomer Driver Education Program will be opening registration to potential students during the last week of August. If you are interested in the Driving Program, you will need to attend one of the Information Sessions to apply and to find out more about the fall classes.

Registration will take place at 215 Isabel Street between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm starting Monday August 28 to September 1st, 2017, as well as on September 5th and 7th, only.

Please note, that you MUST attend an information session to receive application for the program and be considered.

Hope to see you all there, thank you.