Please note: Our Spring session is now being offered through remote learning with Zoom, since our physical campus is closed to the public until further notice.

French for Immigrants

Thanks to financial support from the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Continuing Education Division offers French language courses to permanent resident adults.

French-Language Training for Adult Permanent Residents

Permanent residents can register without charge for French courses if they meet the eligibility criteria presented below. Please note that IRCC-funded spots are limited and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Each course consists of 32.5, 33 or 150 hours of instruction. Learner attendance and achievement reports are sent to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Eligibility Requirements for Adult Programs

  1. Have a French language assessment done at WELARC. (See below for contact information)
  2. Complete the form(s) sent to you by USB.
  3. Submit proof of permanent resident status.
  4. Be 18 years of age or older. Canadian citizens are not eligible for IRCC-funded programs.
  5. Be available to attend class when USB contacts you to let you know there is a place for you in the program.

Program Information

We offer three programs:

  1. CLIC program: For Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) French levels 1 – 4; 3 options to choose from: i. Morning classes (3 hours of class time per morning; Monday to Friday; total of 150 hours of class time per session); ii. Evening classes (3 hours of class time per evening, 2 evenings per week, total of 225 hours of class time per session); iii. Saturday classes (4 hours of class time per week, total of 152 hours of class time per session). 
  2. Français oral program: For levels Intermédiaire 1 – 4 and Avancé; 3 hours of class time per week*; 11 weeks per session*; total of 33 hours of class time per session. (*exception: our summer session includes 3,25 hours of class time per day; Monday to Friday, for 2 weeks, for a total of 32.5 hours of class time).
  3. Perfectionnement du français program: For those who have successfully passed the Perfectionnement placement test; 3 hours of class time per week; 11 weeks per session, total of 33 hours of class time per session.

How to Register

  1. Contact the WELARC office to schedule your free, mandatory French language assessment :
    400-275 Portage Avenue
  2. Wait for us to contact you by email (be sure to check your inbox and junkmail folders regularly).
  3. Reply to our email, fill out any forms that we may send to you and respond to any questions that we may ask you by email.
  4. Provide us with proof of permanent residency. For example, a photocopy of your permanent resident status card (photocopy of both front and back of card).

Please note that IRCC-funded spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If all of these spaces have been assigned at the time of your registration, you will be placed on a waiting list.

Please note that courses can only be offered if enrolment is sufficient.


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Registration Periods

Fall Session : Aug.

Winter Session: Nov./Dec.

Spring Session: Mar.

Summer Session: June





For more information, please contact us:

Continuing Education Division
Université de Saint-Boniface
200 De la Cathédrale Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA R2H 0H7
Phone: 204-235-4400
Fax: 204-235-4489

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