Canada to Introduce New Language Test in Early 2023

by Mansi Sahai Published on 05/Aug/2022
IRCC has approved new language test for Canadian immigration

A new language proficiency test is approved by Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canada immigration purposes.


IRCC is expecting to implement the new enhancements and initiatives by early or mid 2023, i.e., within the next 12 months for all its economic class immigration programs. 

The need for a new language test aroused due to a significant rise in Canadian immigration and citizenship applicants across the globe. It'll further improve Canada's language testing framework for improved transparency in the assessment process. 

Currently, Canada is accepting following 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)

Except a few Barring programs like spousal sponsorship and temporary immigration, most of the economic immigration programs in Canada require proof of language.

CLB Vs CEFR – Language Test Result Assessment 

With the introduction of a new language test by mid 2023, the IRCC also needs balance the CLB framework with its new designated body. Thus, IRCC is exploring the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) as it award scores as per A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 scales.

Currently, for CLB is the benchmark for English and NCLC for French. So, all the applicants get scores/bands range in their language results as per CLB/NCLC level. But with the introduction of a new language testing body, IRCC must align the same for both English and French language, respectively.


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