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(Sector Partnerships for Enhanced Language Learning)

 Enhanced English workplace communication is offered province-wide through partnerships with organizations and companies. While our main focus is on international nurses working in the long-term care sector, the program has been expanded to include the food processing and manufacturing sectors.  Delivered online, the program develops speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills that are workplace specific and based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Role-play, class discussions, breakout room interactions, and individual assignments sharpen and develop essential Canadian healthcare communication. Learners develop confidence, fluency, and awareness of verbal and non-verbal Canadian communication practices.


Eligible Participants:

Permanent Residents

AIP Participants (Atlantic Immigration Program)

Nova Scotia Nominees

Post-Secondary Graduates with work permit

Occupations In Demand

Protected persons (refugees)

Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) in PR Process

CUAET Visa Holders

 SPELL partnerships are continually growing and currently include Shannex, Wolfville Nursing Home, Grand View Manor, Glen Haven Manor, Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home, Ocean View Continuing Care, Mahone Bay Nursing Home, Hillside Nursing Home, Annapolis Royal Nursing Home, Oxford Frozen Foods, and Rosborough Boats.

Barbara Thompson
SPELL Pilot Coordinator
YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth
104-7071 Bayers Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 2C2
Tel: 902-222-4222
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