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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The Halifax Regional School Board has agreements with both the federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Nova Scotia Immigration (NSOI) to act as the service provider for adult EAL programs in our municipality and Outreach programming across the province. The programs offered by the Board are fully funded by the Federal and Provincial Governments through these contribution agreements.

Our Financial Services Department provides all the grant administration and accounting requirements for these agreements. The EAL Manager is Margie Hopkins, . The EAL programs offered include:

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

The goal of this program is to facilitate the social, cultural and economic integration of immigrants and refugees to Canada through development of English language skills. The curriculum also allows newcomers to become oriented to the local area and the Canadian way of life.

The LINC programs are offered at two different locations in HRM during the school year:

  • Levels 1 to 6 (low to advanced English) are offered on a full time basis at the 1326 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Monday to Friday. The program contact is Angela Scott (Registrations/Secretary) (902-421-7779) or by mail to the office Adult EAL Bedford (

  • Literacy to Level 7 (low to advanced English) are offered on a part-time and full-time basis at the Forsyth Adult Learning Centre, 136 Pinecrest Drive, Dartmouth. The program contact is Annette Gammon D'Aguiar (Registrations/Secretary) (902-464-2868) or by e-mail to the office Adult EAL Dartmouth (

Outreach Language Programs

Outreach Language Programs are also available in the Halifax Regional Municipality and other regions of Nova Scotia for those who can't access EAL programs. For more information: .

Canadian Connections Program

This program is offered in a computer lab, and designed as a space for students of all English levels to study independently and at their own pace on a drop-in basis. The labs offer over 30 different computer software programs in English language learning (pronunciation, listening, reading, writing), IELTS and TOEFL test preparation, and building resumes and learning job-specific vocabulary to help find employment. A qualified EAL instructor is always present. The program contact is Maxine Roberts (Coordinator) at 902-421-2688 or .

Newcomers' Guide to the Nova Scotia Schools

The Newcomers' Guide to the Nova Scotia Schools was developed by the Halifax Regional School Board to help newcomer families understand the P-12 public school system. The guide provides an overview of school policies, procedures and expectations including strategies for you to help with your child's learning. You can download the guide from the following link,