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Language Requirements

Language skills

If you’re between 18 and 54 years old on the day you sign your application, you must show that you have an adequate knowledge of English or French. This means you can

These speaking and listening skills are equivalent to level 4 of the
Language skills are measured by:

Various certificates, diplomas and tests are accepted proof of your language skills which are mentioned below

*If you have attended a secondary or post-secondary program in English or French?

The program can be in or outside Canada. If you did, you have to send a copy of proof that you completed or are attending a program with your application. Proof can be your:

Your proof must be in English or French. If it’s in another language, you must also send a certified English or French translation. The translation should show that the language of instruction of the program was English or French

*Results from these language tests are accepted:

Test
Result

NOTE – Expired test results are accepted. IELTS Academic is not accepted

*LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) training? Or the Cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada (CLIC)?

you need to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 or higher in speaking and listening.

*Provincial language program in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario or Quebec?

If you did, you may be able to use it as proof. What you can submit as proof depends on which program you completed and your results.

 

British Columbia

–  If you completed English Language Services for Adult (ELSA) training after 2010, submit a copy of your ELSA report card or an ELSA certificate that shows you have language level CLB 4 or higher.

–  If you completed ELSA training in 2008 or 2009, submit a copy of your ELSA certificate that shows you have language level CLB 4 or higher.

– Only accept results from ELSA will be accepted. If you attended a different language course, they won’t be accepted.

 

Saskatchewan

– If you completed the Common Framework of Reference (CFR) Level B1 or above, submit a copy of your Statement of Student Language Proficiency from the Ministry of Education. You get one as a student of the English as an Additional Language (EAL) program.

 

Manitoba

– Submit a copy of the Manitoba Canadian Language Benchmark Report or an Adult English as an Additional Language (EAL) student progress report from Manitoba government. Make sure it shows your speaking and listening skills are at CLB/NCLC level 4 or higher.

 

Nova Scotia

–  Submit a copy of the Proficiency in English Nova Scotia (PENS) learner certificate. It must show that your speaking and listening skills are at CLB level 4 or higher.

 

Ontario

–  Submit a copy of your certificate from the Adult Non-Credit Language Training Programs. These certificates must be for:

The certificates must be dated December 2013 or later. They must show you have level CLB 4 or higher in speaking and listening.

 

Quebec

Submit a copy of your results from:

– Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI):

   –  “Bulletin” issued between June 1, 2011 and October 16, 2012 must show “intéraction orale” is level 4 or higher (Échelle Québécoise)

   –  “Bulletin” issued after October 16, 2012 must show “intéraction orale” or “compréhension orale” (listening) and “production orale” (speaking) is level 4 or higher (Échelle Québécoise).

–  Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES):

–  “Relevé des apprentissages” if you took French training for “francisation à la formation générale des adultes”. You need a level 4 or higher (Échelle Québécoise) in speaking and listening.

–  Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is the new name of the Ministère de l’Immigration et des

–  Communautés culturelles (MICC). We will still accept documents from MICC.