Can I use the government-funded language program I took to prove that I meet the citizenship language requirement?
Yes, you can use a federal or provincial language program to prove that you meet the language requirement for your citizenship application.
Federal language program
When you submit your citizenship application, you need to include a language certificate from a
- Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) course, or
- Cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada (CLIC)
Your results for speaking and listening skills must be equal to either a language level 4 or higher of the
- Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), or
- Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)
If you did your training
- on or after November 1, 2012, submit a copy of your certificate with your application
- between January 1, 2008, and October 31, 2012, either
- submit a copy of your certificate, or
- check the appropriate box in your application if you don’t have your certificate
Provincial language program
We also accept results from language programs in
- British Columbia (in English only)
- Manitoba (in English only)
- Nova Scotia
- Quebec’s Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (in French only)
- Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Submit a certificate or report card from the program. It must show that you completed the training at a CLB/NCLC level 4 or higher (or equivalent).
See the complete list of acceptable documents if you apply as
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