Canada is a dream destination for skilled immigrants and it is facilitated by the Express Entry programs and other Provincial Nominee Programs. Among other mandatory requirements to get a Canada work or study visa is a demonstration of language proficiency in English or French. Separate language exams are conducted to measure the candidates’ proficiency in any one of the two official languages.   

Approved Language Test

IRCC excepts your language skills to meet the minimum requirements in each of the four categories: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

For English, an aspirant can take any of these approved tests: 

  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System

For French, an aspirant can take any of these approved tests:

  • TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français
  • TCF Canada: Test de Connaissance du français

Tests must be taken in the General Training option as the Academic option is not acceptable for Express Entry. IRCC uses the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) standards to measure your proficiency in English & Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens (NCLC) standards to measure your French proficiency. 

Express Entry programs English French
Federal Skilled Worker Program CLB 7 NCLC 7
Canadian Experience Class NOC 0 OR A – CLB 7




Federal Skilled Trades Program CLB 5 – speaking & listening

CLB 4 – reading & writing

NCLC 5 – speaking & listening

NCLC 4 – reading & writing

Make sure to verify your language test results that are less than two years old before applying for permanent residence in Canada. Recent changes made to the Express Entry system may now fetch you up to an additional 30 score points for strong French language ability.

For further guidance on immigration to Canada, make sure to contact Canada Immigration Consultant.

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