Re-Instate the Eastern Ontario LINC PD Day

  • by: Larry Iveson
  • target: Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has cut the Eastern Ontario LINC Professional Development Day in Ottawa for 2013.

This PD day:

  • is the only job specific professional development training provided to Eastern Ontario LINC instructors and childcare staff
  • is a long standing tradition dating back to the very beginning of the LINC program in Ottawa
  • is critical for LINC instructors to meet the yearly PD requirements of their CIC mandated TESL Ontario certification
  • provides essential local level training for the latest CIC initiatives such as PBLA, new Canadian Language Benchmarks, LearnIT2Teach, Post TESL certification and the ELECT program
  • engages the expertise and involvement of instructors and childcare staff at the local level to make CIC initiatives successful
  • showcases the local expertise of LINC instructors and childcare staff by providing timely, practical and professional presentations 

Cutting this LINC PD fragments Eastern Ontario LINC programs and is short-sighted and counterproductive. We call on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to re-instate funding for this valuable professional day.

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