Language testing – Immigrant Investor Venture Capitol Pilot Program

The application period for the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program is closed. The Department is not accepting applications at this time.

You must prove your language skills in English or French by taking a language test approved by us.

You must:

  • schedule a language test approved by us and pay the required fee,
  • compare your test results to the charts below to see what Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level you have, and
  • if you meet the minimum level of CLB 5, include the original test results when you apply. Photocopies are not acceptable.

    Note: your test results must be less than two years old when we receive your application.

If you do not include these original test results, your application will not be considered for the next steps.

Do not ask for your language test results to be sent directly to us. We will check all language test results submitted with an application with the organization that produced the results.

Approved language tests

You can take any of the following approved language tests.

English

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

CELPIP has three tests. You must take the “CELPIP-G 2014” test.

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level English test score for each ability
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
9 and above
CELPIP-G-2014
9+ 9+ 9+ 9+
8
CELPIP-G-2014
8 8 8 8
7
CELPIP-G-2014
7 7 7 7
6
CELPIP-G-2014
6 6 6 6
5
CELPIP-G-2014
5 5 5 5

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

IELTS has two options for the reading and writing tests. You must take the “General Training” test.

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level English test score for each ability
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
9 and above 8.0 - 9.0 7.0 - 9.0 7.0 - 9.0 7.0 - 9.0
8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
6 5.5 5.0 5.5 5.5
5 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0

French

TEF: Test d’évaluation de français (French only)

You must submit results from these four TEF tests:

  • compréhension de l’écrit
  • compréhension de l’oral
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level French test score for each ability
Speaking
(expression orale)
Listening
(compréhension de l'oral)
Reading
(compréhension de l'écrit)
Writing
(expression écrite)
9 and above 371+ 298+ 248+ 371+
8 349 – 370 280 – 297 233 – 247 349 – 370
7 310 – 348 249 – 279 207 – 232 310 – 348
6 271 – 309 217 – 248 181 – 206 271 – 309
5 226 – 270 181 – 216 151 – 180 226 – 270
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