What is the Canadian Language Benchmark?

Spoken language in Canada: English and French are the official languages, reflecting the country's bilingual nature

Since 1996, the Canadian government has implemented language proficiency assessments, evaluating the language competency of foreign nationals in Canada’s official languages: English and French. This assessment serves as the national standard used by the Canadian government to measure and assess the language proficiency of potential immigrants.

Required grades to demonstrate language proficiency

The Canadian government allows applicants to demonstrate and prove their language proficiency by achieving the required grades in any of the following exams:

  • English Language

Applicants can demonstrate their proficiency in the English language through the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) exam.

  • French Language

Applicants can prove their proficiency in the French language through either the TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) or TCF (Test de Connaissance du français) exams.

When taking one of these exams, the scores obtained are measured according to the standards set by the Canadian government for language proficiency. Applicants will accumulate points in the immigration system based on the program they are applying for, as specified by the Canadian government.

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