Language skills

Language skills is one of the main difficulties faced by newcomers.

Canada has two official languages: English and French. A newcomer's ability to communicate and work in English or French is essential to finding a job. Many employers may ask you for proof of your language skills through testing. For more information, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada's page on Language Skills and Requirements.

Many organizations such as educational institutions, regulatory bodies and employers may ask you for proof of your language skills. Getting proof, such as language test results, will cost you money. Some organizations only accept certain types of tests. Check with the organization before you take a language assessment to ask:

  • Are there special language requirements?
  • What language test results are needed?
  • Where can I get tested?

Tip: Termium is a set of tools provided by the Translation Bureau of Canada to help with language usage, translation, writing styles and grammar. It has more than 3,900,000 terms in English, French and Spanish.

Date modified: