During the waiting period to come to Canada, take the opportunity to improve your English-language skills. Doing this before you move can help make the transition easier and help you fully integrate into your new community. Many organizations in Canada and overseas offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes online. English-language testing is also available to help you demonstrate your proficiency of English when you are applying for immigration or employment. 

There are several government approved English-language testing organizations in Canada including: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP). The IELTS is the test most often used for immigration purposes in Canada and is positively recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Useful links: 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 

Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) 

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges 


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