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 is accepting applicants for its February 2018 class that will be held from February 7th, 2018 to March 1st, 2018 every Wednesday and Thursday (12:15pm – 3:15pm). If you are interested, please come in person to IRCOM Isabel to take application form no later than Tuesday December 19th, 2017.

Few spots available – first come, first serve.

Also, check our website for eligibility and requirements before you apply.

Hope to see you soon!