Language Services

Whistler and Pemberton Settlement Services are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to provide free language support to Permanent Residents (PR) of Canada. Through funding from the British Columbia Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS) we are also able to provide this support to naturalized citizens, those applying for PR and Temporary Foreign Workers (with a full work permit).

A number of different options are available:

Whistler & Pemberton Welcome Centres

The Welcome Centres in Whistler and Pemberton run small groups and offer one-to-one tutoring for qualified newcomers and immigrants up to good intermediate level.

To qualify for these free ESL services, you must be:

  • a permanent resident of Canada
  • a naturalized citizen
  • accepted on the Provincial Nominee Program
  • hold a full work visa (not working holiday visa)
  • a caregiver
  • aged 18+

These programs do not provide any language assessment that can be used for citizenship applications.

Whistler Community Learning Program

The WCLP runs an ESL group for high intermediate and above. It also provides (where available) tutor-support for higher level ESL and general literacy skills. This program also supports Canadian-born learners and residents of Pemberton.

Check out details and times of ESL groups in Whistler and Pemberton here.

For more information and to register, contact:

  • Whistler: tel. 604.698.5960  email:
  • Pemberton:  tel. 604.967.1664  email:


ISSofBC is based in Squamish and offers classes two days a week though the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) ESL program, for intermediate through high intermediate (Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 to 8). They also offer an on-line (distance) LINC course for intermediate to high intermediate (CLB levels 4 to 8) for which you must complete 9 hours a week.

Classes run all year EXCEPT for a two month break in July and August. Check here for more details, times and how to register.
The LINC courses provide a language (CLB) assessment when you complete the course. This assessment can be used when applying for citizenship (for information on language requirements for citizenship click here).