2.C Settlement and Integration
C.8 How is language treated?
(iv) Are language classes mandatory for sponsored refugees?
How Canada Does It
Participation in language training is not mandatory and does not impact permanent resident status. In some cases, individuals must demonstrate language proficiency to access employment and education opportunities. Citizenship applicants must also demonstrate adequate knowledge of English or French in speaking and listening skills.
Employers and regulators of professional organizations establish the language proficiency levels and acceptable proofs required for their occupations. When applying for a job or post-secondary education, refugees may need (or want) to provide proof of language proficiency. The results of third party language tests such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are examples of non government tests that may be recognized as proof of language ability.