Language requirements - Canadian Experience Class

Being able to communicate and work in English, French or both will help you in the Canadian job market.

You must prove your ability in English or French in these four areas:

  • speaking,
  • reading,
  • listening, and
  • writing.

Your occupation (job) will dictate the language skills you need to immigrate under this class. The skills you need will depend on the group the job is classified in under the National Occupational Classification system (NOC).

If you gained your skilled work experience in Canada in a NOC 0 or A job, you must meet the minimum level of CLB 7 in either English or French for all four language abilities.

If you gained your skilled work experience in Canada in a NOC B job, you must meet the minimum level of CLB 5 in either English or French for all four language abilities.

If you do not meet the minimum language skills needed for your NOC category, your application will not be processed and will be returned to you.

You must take a language test from an agency approved by CIC and include the results when you apply. If you do not, we will not process your application and we will return your fees.

You will not have another chance to prove your language proficiency. The visa officer will only use test results that you provide when you apply.

Use your test results to find your CLB level.

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