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Posted on August 04 2020

Now, copies of language test results being accepted for 4 Canada immigration programs

By  Editor
Updated March 27 2024

As per clarification by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], now original test language results are not needed for specific Canada immigration programs.


For 4 Canada immigration programs – that is, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot [RNIP], the Agri-Food Pilot [AFP] program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot [AIP], and the Start-up Visa program – the IRCC will be accepting copies of the language tests.


Candidates applying for Canada immigration will be expected to meet the Canadian Language Benchmarks [CLB] requirements for the specific program applying to.


4 programs that immigration candidates can apply to with copies of language test results are –


[1] Atlantic Immigration Pilot [AIP] program

Offering a fast-tracked route to Canada, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program, launched in 2017, facilitates the settlement of foreigners in Atlantic Canada.


By “Atlantic Canada” is implied the 4 Canadian provinces of – Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.


As per the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada plans on welcoming 5,000 newcomers to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot each year from 2020 to 2022.


The AIP is for foreigners that have valid job offers in any of the provinces that make up Atlantic Canada.


As it is an expedited immigration pathway, Canadian employers that will be hiring immigrants through this program can skip the requirement for the Labour Market Impact Assessment [LMIA]. On the foreign national accepting the job offer, the employer will then be connecting them with a designated settlement service provider organization.


If the Canadian employer requires the foreign worker to be in Canada as soon as possible, the employer can get a temporary work permit for them. To obtain the work permit, the foreign national will be required to make a commitment to apply for Canada permanent residence within 90 days of their temporary work permit application.


Language requirements: a CLB 4 at the minimum. A CLB 4 when equated to IELTS would mean –


  IELTS – Reading IELTS – Writing IELTS – Listening IELTS – Speaking
CLB 4 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.0


CLB stands for Canadian Language Benchmarks [CLB], a descriptive scale of ability in language that assesses an individual’s proficiency in the language from basic to advanced.


IELTS, International Language Testing System [IELTS], is the most popular standardized English language proficiency tests for global migration and higher education.


[2] Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot [RNIP]

In a News Release on June 14, 2019, the federal Government of Canada announced the launch of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.


11 communities from 5 provinces – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan – are participating in the Pilot. These communities now have access to a Canada immigration pathway to “attract newcomers” for supporting “middle-class jobs” in their specific community.


9 out of the 11 communities are accepting RNIP applications.


To be eligible for the RNIP, an immigration candidate would be required to meet the requirements of both the federal Government of Canada as well as the specific community. Each of the participating communities have their own particular requirements.


Among the federal eligibility criteria for the RNIP, the language requirements would be based on the job offer.


NOC of Job offer Description CLB required IELTS – Reading IELTS – Writing IELTS – Listening IELTS - Speaking
Skill Type 0 [zero] Management jobs At least CLB 6 5.0 5.5 5.5 5.5
NOC A Professional jobs At least CLB 6 5.0 5.5 5.5 5.5
NOC B Technical jobs At least CLB 5 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
NOC C Intermediate jobs At least CLB 4 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.0
NOC D Labour jobs At least CLB 4 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.0


[3] Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Canada’s Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is specifically targeted at non-seasonal agri-food workers with the required qualifying experience under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.


While initially scheduled to be launched in March this year, the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot was launched on May 15, 2020.


To be eligible to apply under the AFP, a foreign worker must be working in specific occupations – in the agri- food sector of Canada. Annual limits have been placed on the number of applications that will be accepted for each of the eligible NOC codes.


NOC Code Description Applications to be accepted in a year
8252 Farm supervisor or specialized livestock worker 50
9462 6331 Industrial Butcher Retail Butcher 1,470
9617 Food processing labourer 730
8431 General farm worker 200
8611 Harvesting labourer 300


Language requirements: at least a CLB 4.

  IELTS – Reading IELTS – Writing IELTS – Listening IELTS – Speaking
CLB 4 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.0


[4] Start-up Visa Program

The Start-up Visa Program of Canada specifically targets immigrant entrepreneurs, with the potential and skills for building businesses in Canada, that –


Are innovative
Have the potential to compete on an international scale
Can create jobs for Canadians


Foreign entrepreneurs that have an innovative business idea can seek support for their idea from any of the designated organizations for the Start-up Visa for Canada.


Language requirements: minimum CLB 5 which corresponds to a Band 5 in each of the 4 abilities under the IELTS.

  IELTS – Reading IELTS – Writing IELTS – Listening IELTS – Speaking
CLB 5 5 5 5 5


If you are looking to Work, Study, Invest, Visit, or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No. 1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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