Newcomer Literacy Initiative

NLI History

Established in 2007, the Newcomer Literacy Initiative provides adult EAL literacy classes to newcomer immigrants and refugees who cannot access mainstream programs due to childcare commitments or mobility issues. With on-site childcare and language supports, the NLI program currently runs 7 classrooms (three Foundations classes, two CLB 1-2 class, and two CLB 3-4 classes) serving over 100 learners and their children.

We are a community-based program with students not only from IRCOM House but also from the larger newcomer community in Winnipeg. Our strong partnership with Hugh John MacDonald School and the Child Care Program, as well as other IRCOM supports and programs, ensures that all our students are given equitable access to the resources and opportunities NLI can provide through our partnerships.

The program has received support from Neighbourhoods Alive, Literacy Partners of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Foundation, with current funding through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Program Details

The NLI offers seven Phase I classes based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks and follows Portfolio Based Language Assessment practices.

Literacy Foundations morning classes are held Monday-Thursday from 9:00-11:30 am at IRCOM Ellen and IRCOM Isabel. Literacy Foundations afternoon classes are held 1:00 – 3:30 pm only at IRCOM Ellen.

CLB 1-2 is held Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 11:30 am and 1:00-3:30 pm at Hugh John Macdonald School.

CLB 3-4 is held Monday – Friday from 9:00-11:30 am and 1:00 – 3:30 pm. at Hugh John Macdonald School.

Our classes provide students with settlement English skills focusing on the following:

  • School in Canada
  • Parenting in Canada
  • The Family
  • Daily Routines
  • Health
  • Shopping & Money
  • The Home
  • Canada and its government

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to structured class time, the NLI strives to provide enriching extracurricular activities that provide opportunities to practice English in a variety of more social settings. For example, classes may go on outings to the following locations:

  • Legislative Building
  • Manitoba Museum
  • Winnipeg Harvest
  • Siloam Mission

In addition, through a partnership with the nurses of Red River College, health fairs are offered on a variety of topics every couple of months.

New students are asked to contact the ENTRY program at 944-0133 to complete an orientation to Winnipeg. The ENTRY program will arrange for an English language assessment with the Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre (WELARC) 943-5387. WELARC will refer all eligible students to the NLI.

If you require any further information please contact:

The NLI Program Manager at (204)-943-8765 extension 116.