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French and English knowledge for candidates from businesspeople programs

Evaluation of French and English knowledge

Effective October 10, 2013, all new applicants in business programs (Investor, Entrepreneur and Self-Employed Worker) who wish to obtain points in the selection grid for their knowledge of French and English must enclose with their immigration application attestations of the results of evaluation tests recognized by the Ministère. Children accompanying their parents are exempt from this requirement.

The results of the language proficiency tests recognized by the Ministère are therefore the only tool used to assess the knowledge of French and English of immigration applicants submitting permanent selection applications. In addition to optimizing the Ministère’s selection practices, standardized tests ensure that applicants receive an accurate, consistent and fair assessment of their knowledge of French and English. The results must be less than two years old at the time of application.

Applicants who do not wish to use the points awarded for knowledge of French and/or English must specify this on their application for permanent selection by checking off the appropriate box on the form.

Evaluation of French knowledge

Business program applicants (principal applicants and spouses of self-employed workers) who wish to earn points for their knowledge of French must demonstrate their knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the result of a French evaluation test issued by one of the two organizations recognized by the Ministère, namely:

 

These tests evaluate oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral expression and written expression. Points on the selection grid are awarded according to the results indicated on the attestations of results of the standardized tests or, where applicable, on the back of the DELF or DALF diploma. Only supporting documents issued by the organizations that offer these tests (Centre international d’études pédagogiques and 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 websites of Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France and Centre international d’études pédagogiques (DELF and DALF examination centres and approved TCF Québec test centres).

Evaluation of English knowledge

Business program applicants (principal applicants only) who wish to earn points for their knowledge of English must demonstrate their knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the result of an English evaluation test recognized by the Ministère, namely the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

An up-to-date list of IELTS-accredited centres is available on the International English Language Testing System website.

Awarding of points

When evaluating knowledge of French, 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.

When evaluating knowledge of English, Level 5 (intermediate) of the Canadian Language Benchmarks or its equivalent is the minimum threshold from which points are awarded.

 

IMPORTANT: To prove knowledge of both French and English, applicants who submit an immigration application under a business program must provide the results of a standardized test, even if their mother tongue is French or English.

 

Spouses of applicants can earn points for knowledge of oral French. They are therefore asked to provide the results of an evaluation test for oral comprehension and expression only.

 

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