French and English knowledge for candidates from the Regular Skilled Worker Program
Evaluation of French and English knowledge
Effective October 10, 2013, all new candidates from businesspeople subclasses (Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed Workers) who wish to obtain points in the selection grid for their knowledge of French and English must enclose with their immigration application attestations of results of evaluation tests recognized by the Ministère. Children accompanying their parents are exempt from this requirement.
The results of the language knowledge tests recognized by the Ministère are therefore the only knowledge evaluation tool of French and English used for immigration candidates who submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec. In addition to optimizing the Ministère’s selection practices, standardized tests ensure that the evaluation of candidates for their French and English knowledge is accurate, consistent and fair. The results must date from less than two years from the date of submission of the application.
Candidates who do not wish to use the points awarded for knowledge of French or English or both must specify this in their application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec by marking the appropriate box on the form.
Evaluation of French knowledge
Candidates from businesspeople subclasses (principal applicants and spouses of self-employed workers) who wish to obtain points for their knowledge of French (principal applicant: maximum of 16 points, including 14 points for oral and 2 points for written; spouse of a self-employed worker: maximum of 6 points for oral) must demonstrate this knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the results of a French evaluation test issued by one of the two organizations recognized by the Ministère, specifically:
These tests evaluate oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral production and written production. Points on the selection grid are awarded according to the results indicated on the attestations of standardized test results or, if applicable, on the reverse side of the DELF or DALF diploma. Only supporting documentation issued by organizations that offer these tests (Centre international d’études pédagogiques, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris-Île de France) are recognized by the Ministère.
An up-to-date list of all accredited TEF, TEFAQ, TEF Canada, TCF, TCFQ, DELF and DALF centres can be consulted on the the Internet sites of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Īle-de-France and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (Centres d'examen DELF - DALF and Centres de passation du TCF pour le Québec).
Evaluation of English knowledge
Candidates from businesspeople subclasses (principal applicants only) who wish to obtain points for their knowledge of English must demonstrate this knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the results of an English evaluation test recognized by the Ministère, namely the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
An up-to-date list of centres certified by the IELTS is available on the International English Language Testing System Internet site.
Awarding of points
For the evaluation of French knowledge, level 7 (advanced intermediate) of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is the minimum threshold from which points are awarded.
The principal applicant can obtain a maximum of 16 points for knowledge of oral and written French, including 7 points for oral comprehension, 7 points for oral production, 1 point for written comprehension and 1 point for written production.
The spouse of a candidate can obtain a maximum of 6 points for oral French knowledge, including 3 points for oral comprehension and 3 points for oral production.
For the evaluation of English knowledge, level 5 (intermediate) of the Canadian Language Benchmarks or its equivalent is the minimum threshold from which points are awarded.
The principal applicant can obtain a maximum of 6 points for knowledge of oral and written English, including 2 points for oral comprehension, 2 points for oral production, 1 point for written comprehension and 1 point for written production.
IMPORTANT: To prove knowledge of French and English, candidates who submit an immigration application under a businesspeople subclass must provide the results of a standardized test, even if their mother tongue is French or English.