Language Requirements

Language is an essential part of any immigration process. It is necessary to be able to understand and speak the language of the destination of immigration, in this case: Canada. Being familiar with the language of the country not only helps in adjusting to the country, it also increases your chances to get the job you wish for.

Canada's official languages are English and French. Most Canadian immigration programs have a minimum language requirement to be eligible for those programs. These requirements are stated in the form of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs).

Canada accepts the following language tests,

English

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

French

TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français

TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français

Equivalencies between the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) (for English), the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (for French), and the results of language tests from designated testing organizations have been established and are summarized below.

Key: CLB Level = Canadian Level Benchmark Level; R = Reading; W = Writing; L = Listening; S = Speaking.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – General Training

Test score equivalency chart

CLB Level (10) = R (8.0) / W (7.5) / L (8.5) / S (7.5)

CLB Level (9) = R (7.0) / W (7.0) / L (8.0) / S (7.0)

CLB Level (8) = R (6.5) / W (6.5) / L (7.5) / S (6.5)

CLB Level (7) = R (6.0) / W (6.0) / L (6.0) / S (6.0)

CLB Level (6) = R (5.0) / W (5.5) / L (5.5) / S (5.5)

CLB Level (5) = R (4.0) / W (5.0) / L (5.0) / S (5.0)

CLB Level (4) = R (3.5) / W (4.0) / L (4.5) / S (4.0)

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

General Test score equivalency chart

CLB Level (10) = R (10) / W (10) / L (10) / S (10)

CLB Level (9) = R (9) / W (9) / L (9) / S (9)

CLB Level (8) = R (8) / W (8) / L (8) / S (8)

CLB Level (7) = R (7) / W (7) / L (7) / S (7)

CLB Level (6) = R (6) / W (6) / L (6) / S (6)

CLB Level (5) = R (5) / W (5) / L (5) / S (5)

CLB Level (4) = R (4) / W (4) / L (4) / S (4)

Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada)

Test score equivalency chart

CLB Level (10) = R (263-300) / W (393-450) / L (316-360) / S (393-450)

CLB Level (9) = R (248-262) / W (371-392) / L (298-315) / S (371-392)

CLB Level (8) = R (233-347) / W (349-370) / L (280-297) / S (349-370)

CLB Level (7) = R (207-232) / W (310-348) / L (249-279) / S (310-348)

CLB Level (6) = R (181-206) / W (271-309) / L (217-248) / S (271-309)

CLB Level (5) = R (151-180) / W (226-270) / L (181-216) / S (226-270)

CLB Level (4) = R (121-150) / W (181-225) / L (145-180) / S (181-225)

Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada)

Test score equivalency chart

CLB Level (10) = R (549-699) / W (16-20) / L (549-699) / S (16-20)

CLB Level (9) = R (524-548) / W (14-15) / L (523-548) / S (14-15)

CLB Level (8) = R (499-523) / W (12-13) / L (503-522) / S (12-13)

CLB Level (7) = R (453-498) / W (10-11) / L (458-502) / S (10-11)

CLB Level (6) = R (406-452) / W (7-9) / L (398-457) / S (7-9)

CLB Level (5) = R (375-405) / W (6) / L (369-397) / S (6)

CLB Level (4) = R (342-374) / W (4-5) / L (331-368) / S (4-5)

Note: Some/Parts of the information on this page is sourced from the resources of the Government of Canada and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).In case of any feedback, comment, or inquiry, please, email us at: inquiry@aioimm.com