Minimum Language Standards

FEDERAL CHANGE REQUIRES LOWER SKILLED PROVINCIAL NOMINEE APPLICANTS TO DEMONSTRATE MINIMUM LANGUAGE STANDARDS

Effective immediately, semi-skilled and low-skilled workers must include in their Provincial Nominee application test results demonstrating proficiency in English or French.

The minimum language requirement for lower-skilled workers affects Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) applicants whose assessed occupation is in Canada National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level C or D.

  • NOC C and D occupations include semi-skilled and low-skilled workers in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, as well as certain clerical and assistant categories.
    • - Level C jobs usually require only secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
    • - Level D jobs usually require only on-the-job training.
  • Determine the skill level of your job at the NOC 2011 website external link.

Acceptable Language Tests

In accordance with CIC policy, the NLPNP will only accept valid, documented results from the following tests.

You must score at least the numerical value listed for each category (listening, speaking, reading, writing). No other evidence of language proficiency will be accepted.

IELTS and CELPIP have multiple test options, but “IELTS - General Testing" and “CELPIP – General” (also known as CELPIP-G) are the only acceptable test options offered within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

- You must make arrangements for testing at one of the agencies listed above and pay the costs to write the exam.

  • Your language test must be no more than two years old at the date of application.
  • The NLPNP will only accept original test results.

Note

You must demonstrate your proficiency in your first official language only. Canada's official languages are English and French. If you have ability in both, decide which language you are more comfortable using. This is your first official language. The other is your second official language.

CIC's imposition of minimum language standards for low and semi-skilled PNP applicants apply to all Canadian provinces.

Language is a key determinant in the successful labour market and community integration of newcomers to NL. All NLPNP applications are assessed on the basis of how well your documentation demonstrates that you satisfy program criteria.

To register for the IELTS - General Training, please contact:

English Canada World Organisation
Tel: (902) 429 3636
Fax: (902) 429 2900
Email: ielts@EnglishCanada.org
Web: www.ielts.ca/ external link
Next available testing dates by locations:
http://www.ielts.ca/index.php?page=when external link
  • IELTS testing will be taking place periodically in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. Testing dates will be determined by demand. To ensure a timely testing date, please contact English Canada at ielts@EnglishCanada.org  indicating your interest in registering for IELTS – General Testing.

For more information, please contact:

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
St. John's, NL
Tel: (709) 729-6607
Fax: (709) 729-7381
Email: pnp@gov.nl.ca

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What occupations are classified under NOCs C and D?

Please consult Human Resources and Service Development Canada's external link website for more information on occupations classified in 2011 NOCs C and D.

2. Will CLB 4 be required across all 4 categories (listening, speaking, reading, and writing)?

Yes, a minimum of CLB 4 will be required across all 4 categories.

3. What evidence will be accepted to prove an individual's language proficiency?

Individuals must provide original results from a language test administered by a federally designated testing agency. The acceptable tests include:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training stream
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-G)
  • Test d'évaluation de français (to test proficiency in French)

Note: The NLPNP will only accept original test results.

4. How long do language test results need to be valid for?

Language tests have to be no more than two years old at the date of application to the NLPNP. Original test results must be included with the PNP application.

5. What does this change mean for my application for permanent residence to CIC?

If you were nominated in a 2011 NOC C or NOC D occupation on or after July 1, 2012, your application for permanent residence to CIC must include valid language test results (copies are acceptable). If these results are not included with your application, it will be returned to you.

6. Will anyone in 2011 NOC C & D occupations be exempted from the minimum language standard?

Yes, as a transitional measure, there will be a one-time exemption for those Temporary Foreign Workers in NOC C & D occupations who arrived in Canada on or before July 1, 2012, and who are subsequently nominated by NL no later than July 1, 2013.

This ensures that all individuals who arrived as Temporary Foreign Workers under the previous regime when no minimum standards existed will not be disadvantaged.

This also provides a sufficient amount of time for:
(1) employers to decide whether they want to support a PN nomination; and,
(2) PTs to process the application for nomination.

As of July 1, 2013, all Temporary Foreign Workers in 2011 NOC C & D occupations and subsequently nominated by NL will be subject to the minimum language standard of CLB 4.

7. What if an applicant has proficiency in both official languages?

If you have some proficiency in both English and French, decide which language you are more comfortable using. This is your first official language. The other is your second official language.

You must prove your proficiency in your first official language only. You must take a language test external link from an agency designated by CIC and include the original results with your application to the NLPNP.

8. What are the CLB equivalencies based on the different testing systems?

See equivalency charts below.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training

CLB Level

IELTS test results for each ability

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

8

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

7

6

6

6

6

6

5.5

5

5.5

5.5

5

5

4

5

5

4

4.5

3.5

4

4


CELPIP - Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

CLB Level

CELPIP test results for each ability

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

8

8

8

8

8

7

7

7

7

7

6

6

6

6

6

5

5

5

5

5

4

4

4

4

4


TEF - Test d'évaluation de français (TEF)

CLB Level

TEF results for each ability

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

8

280

233

349

349

7

248

206

309

309

6

217

181

271

271

5

180

150

225

225

4

145

121

181

181


Test-Specific Information

IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd.

IELTS has two options for language tests: General Training and Academic. NLPNP applicants must take the General Training option.

IELTS is available in more than 160 countries, including Canada.

Information for test-takers:

http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information.aspx external link

CELPIP

The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program is administered by Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia (UBC). The test is offered in two versions: CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G) and CELPIP-Academic. NLPNP applicants must take the CELPIP-G test.

CELPIP has many test centres in Central and Western Canada.

Information for test-takers:

http://www.celpiptest.ca/for-test-takers/registration-information/ external link

TEF

The Test d'evaluation de français is administered by la Chambre de Commerce et de l'Industrie de Paris (CCIP) and available at Alliance Française around the world.

NLPNP applicants must submit results from the following TEF tests as proof of French language proficiency:

  • compréhension écrite
  • compréhension orale
  • expression écrite
  • expression orale

Information for test-takers:

http://www.francais.ccip.fr/etudiant/ external link