English Conversation Groups

The Whistler Welcome Centre runs ESL groups and offers one-to-one tutoring for qualified newcomers and immigrants.

During physical distancing, our English conversation and language groups are meeting online via ZOOM. Please email us info@welcomewhistler for more details.

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+

Please note these programs do not provide any language assessment that can be used for citizenship applications.

  • Conversation circle – Monday morning (10.30 – 12 pm) via ZOOM. English conversation practice, while you learn about Canada and Canadian culture. Email us to see if you are eligible and to get log in details info@welcomewhistler.com 
  • Conversation circle – Wednesday early evening (4.30 – 6 pm) via ZOOM. Conversation, pronunciation practice and grammar practice. Build your accuracy and fluency in English. Email us to see if you are eligible and to get log in details info@welcomewhistler.com 
  • General English group – Monday evenings (5 – 6.30 pm) via ZOOM. Advanced level reading, writing, listening and speaking. If you want to broaden your vocabulary, have the opportunity to discuss more complex topics in English, improve your listening and reading skills – then this could be the group for you. To participate in this group, you will need to take an assessment. Email us to see if you are eligible and to get log in details info@welcomewhistler.com 

If you cannot participate in the language groups regularly, or can’t make those times, the Welcome Centres also offer a volunteer ESL tutoring program. People from the community are available to work with qualified immigrants and newcomers one-to-one or in small groups for up to 2 hours a week, for a minimum of 6 months.

Meet with a tutor at a time and place that works best for you, and work one-to-one on your English language.

Have a Question?

Contact our Settlement Worker


A helpful, friendly and practical service that will support you
while you adjust to your new life in Canada. Welcome Centre
services are for eligible clients and are free of charge.


Drop in to the Welcome Centre
at the Whistler Public Library:

Monday 3 – 6 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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