Grand Erie District School Board

Site: Brantford - 347 Erie Ave - Joseph Brant Learning Centre

Service: Newcomer Reception and Assessment Centre - Adult English As A Second Language Classes

Service Details
Hours Hours vary * by appointment
Areas Served Brant County ; Brantford
  • any elementary or secondary student new to Canada, entering the Ontario school system for the first time (SK- grade 12) 
  • any student from a French language school where French is their first language in the home 
  • any student from the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, or Australia who has spent less than two years in an English language school system 
  • Canadian born students who have moved to a country where English is not their first language and have re-entered Canada after two or more years 
  • First Nation, Métis, or Inuit students who speak a Native Language in the home or are entering the school board from a Native Language Immersion program
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre 
Adults 18 years or older are eligible if they meet one of these criteria:  
  • Canadian citizens born outside of Canada 
  • permanent resident 
  • Convention refugees, protected persons or refugee claimants 
  • workers admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program 
  • applicants under other programs holding the initial letter of approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Application To commence the registration process, families must make an appointment by phone or e-mail to an ESL/ELD teacher consultant at (519) 756-6301 ext. 274224, an Indigenous Education teacher consultant at 226-387-0357 or email: 
Students should bring the following documents for their orientation or assessment:  
  • passport  
  • permanent residence card or landing form  
  • birth certificate  
  • proof of immunization  
  • proof of address  
  • most recent school documents
Languages English ; If required, provide newcomers with language and cultural interpretation
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Brantford
Address & Map
Joseph Brant Learning Centre
347 Erie Ave
Brantford, ON N3S 2H7
Intersection Erie Ave and Birkett Ln
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Description (Service) A place where all new English Language Learners and First Nation, Métis, or Inuit students and their families are welcomed into the Grand Erie District School Board community 
Services offered: 
  • language and cultural interpretation 
  • assessment of student's current level of English language and math skills 
  • recommendations to appropriate programs 
  • introduction to the Ontario school system
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Centre 
  • eligibility screening 
  • language skills assessment 
  • referral to government-funded English language programs including Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), LINC Home Study, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, Enhanced Language Training (ELT), Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT), and Specialized Language Training (SLT)
Contact Information
Office Phone English as a Second Language teacher consultant 519-756-6301 ext 274224 
Indigenous Education teacher consultant at 226-387-0357
Toll Free Phone 1-888-548-8878
Fax 226-250-3021
Primary Contact Kimberly Newhouse, Manager of Communications and Public Relations; Phone: 519-756-6301 ext 281147; Email:

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