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Learning English


Although many languages are spoken in Yukon homes and some workplaces, English is the predominant language in Yukon. Adequate English language skills are essential for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) whose first language is not English. Therefore, it is recommended that you start your health career journey by studying English and taking the required language tests if English is not your mother tongue.

If your chosen field is a regulated profession please contact the regulatory authority to find out about profession-specific language requirements.

Several different language programs are available in Whitehorse:

Enhanced Language Training (ELT)

Enhanced Language Training is offered at Yukon College.  This free, full-time, 15-week program will improve your language fluency and comprehension of work-specific terminology.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Yukon College offers a variety of options to study English as a Second Language. A certificate is granted after successful completion of each level. You must pay applicable fees to participate in these classes.

SOFA Yukon also offers ESL classes.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

The Multicultural Centre of the Yukon offers English language training that concentrates on the language skills needed for integrating into community life and work in Canada, specifically listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. You can develop your English language proficiency at the level you need and progress at your own rate. These government-sponsored classes are free of charge for all immigrants regardless of status.

Language training classes in other Yukon communities are limited but online options are available such as courses at Mount Royal University.

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) is the centre of expertise in support of the national standards in English and French for describing, measuring and recognizing second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada. The Centre provides useful tips on its website at www.language.ca for language learners.