Learning Resources

Essential Skills Resources

The websites and organizations listed below can be a starting point for those who are looking at improving their essential skills.  You may discover that you need to improve your language proficiency before improving other essential skills.  Many of the listed organizations also incorporate essential skills learning with language development learning.

**This list is not all-inclusive and will continue to grow, so check back often. If you know of other resources for skills training please contact us and we will add them to this list to share with others.


Government of Canada: Employment and Social Development Canada


This site has many tools for both employers and employee interested in improving essential skills, including tip sheets for different essential skills such as computer use.

Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers


This website gives new immigrants direction as to where to receive English language testing if they are interested in getting language training for trades and other careers across the province of Alberta.

Immigrant Services Calgary


This is the only language assessment centre in Calgary that is authorized to determine eligibility for the federally sponsored Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program (free of charge for those who qualify). They also offer a variety of other language assessments, information and referrals to various English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to help newcomers get closer to achieving their language and career goals in Canada.

Catholic Social Services Edmonton


At this website those new to Canada can find many support services.  This is also the only centre in Edmonton that offers the Canadian Language Benchmark testing where individuals can access the many Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs.  

Centre for Family Literacy


Located in Edmonton, they provide free adult tutoring and family literacy programs.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks


This website provides information and resources for both employers and employees.  Employees can find information on what English language benchmarks (standards) are, where centres that provide testing can be found as well as an online self-assessment.  Employers can find information on essential skills and language in the workplace and a registry of professionals in their area that can help with Canadian Language Benchmarking (CLB).

Norquest College


Norquest College offers classes to newcomers to Canada who have already had a Canadian Benchmark Language (CBL) test and qualify for assistance.

Literacy Alberta


Here you can find centres that offer literacy and essential skills training in your area, both urban and rural.


The helpline can connect you with resources in your area.

Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education


Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education provides funding to more than 80 Community Adult Learning Councils across the province. Here you can find resources in your community.  These councils offer part-time non-credentialed learning opportunities that respond to their communities’ unique needs. These may include opportunities in adult literacy, adult English as a Second Language (ESL), employability enhancement, addressing community issues, as well as other lifelong learning opportunities.

A local Council can also tell you about other adult learning opportunities in your community.

English as a Second Language Community Programs



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Online English Resources




Online Math Development Resources