Newcomer Driver Education Funding (NDEF)

Let us help you learn to drive in Canada

The NDEF program helps newcomers to get their Class 5 licence with the ultimate goal being improved settlement and employment outcomes for the individual or family.

To get a Class 5 licence in Saskatchewan, most people must pass the Class 5 Road Test* .  To qualify for this test, you must complete a minimum of 6 hours in-car and 6 hours in-class instruction from a certified driver instructor .  This training can be costly.  The NDEF program helps newcomers to overcome this barrier to obtaining their Class 5 driver’s licence.

NDEF Application Package

Get your application forms.  There are 5 parts to our application package.  Visit our office to pick up your application package or download it here:

  1. NDEF Information Sheet
  2. NDEF Application Form
  3. Settlement Worker/ EAL Instructor Consent
  4. SGI Consent
  5. Photo Release

Please fill in your forms with as much information about your situation as possible so that we may properly assess your eligibility for the program.  If your Settlement Worker or English Teacher, etc. is willing to give you a written reference that will give us more information, we are happy to accept it.  They may send it to us in a sealed envelope or by email.

Please note:

The NDEF Information Sheet outlines the eligibility criteria for the program.  English ability is an important factor:

 All applicants must: Be able to communicate in English.

Priority is given to: Those who are able to provide evidence that their English ability is adequate to benefit from the program.  Generally speaking, this means having CLB levels above 3 (Speaking & Listening).  People with levels lower than this are very unlikely to receive NDEF funding.  Please be aware of this when considering whether to apply to the program.

Important News:

  • We are now accepting applications for the final NDEF session of 2016.

  • The in-class training session for successful applicants will take place the evenings of November 23 & 24.  Those selected for full-funding will be required to attend.


The next NDEF deadline is Friday October 28th, 2016.  Applications will be accepted only up until this date.   

When you submit your application, it will be reviewed by a staff member.  If it is complete, an intake appointment will be booked.  If it is incomplete, it will be immediately returned to you and it can be resubmitted when it is complete.  

Intake Interview

Applicants must attend an intake interview.  You may book your interview appointment when you submit your application. Contact us to book your appointment.

The All About Driving Program

Due to funding received through Saskatchewan Association of Chief's of Police Crime Prevention Committee (SACPCPC), the NWC was able to offer the NDEF program more broadly this year.  Some of our NDEF sessions are part of a broader program called the "All About Driving" series, initiated by the Moose Jaw Police Service to support newcomer success in the community.  The All About Driving program offers presentations on various topics related to safe driving throughout the year. The 7th monthly session will take place soon.  Check our Facebook events page for more info.Going to All About Driving sessions will indicate your committment to safe driving in Saskatchewan and so, will be taken into considerederation as we choose successful candidates.  

A huge thank you to Moose Jaw Police Service for showing your committment to supporting newcomer by partnering with us on this.  And also to the Saskatchewan Chiefs of Police for choosing to fund this important program.


Learn about Driving and the Law - Regina Police Service video for newcomers.

*Some people who have held a driver's licence in the past do not need to pass the road test and/or take the training.  Find out about the requirements that apply to you: new Sask residents or returning Sask residents.

Government of Saskatchewan Moose Jaw Multicultural Council Inc.