Canada has approved a new language test for immigration

The Canadian government has approved the designation-in-principle of a new language test for applicants under economic class immigration pathways.

The details of the test are yet to be revealed.

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According to a briefing notes accessed by CIC News, the test will be implemented by early to mid-2023.

Depending on the province you choose to move to, either a French or an English test will be part of your Express Entry application.

You get extra points if you have relevant proficiency in both English and French.


Currently, Canada accepts four language tests:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
  • Test d’évaluation du français (TEF)
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le (TCF)

Barring some exceptions – such as spousal sponsorship and temporary immigration programs like International Experience Canada (IEC) – most Canadian economic immigration programs require proof of language.

With over 100 immigration programs and streams, the economic class accounts for the largest share of immigration to the North American country.

Most economic immigrants are highly skilled workers who apply from abroad, as well as highly skilled temporary workers and international students already living in Canada.

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