Language requirements – Provincial nominees

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.


All PNP applicants who have been nominated under an Express Entry stream must undergo language testing. Individuals must indicate their test result scores in their Express Entry profile. Test results must be valid. In Express Entry, test results are validated electronically with the testing organization, so PNP-EE applicants are not required to upload a copy of their test results as part of a complete application.

Recognized language-testing organizations

To be considered valid, the applicant’s language test results must be from one of the approved tests:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS General Training)
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-General)
  • PTE Core
  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) to test proficiency in French
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) to test proficiency in French

To determine the equivalency between an applicant’s language test scores and Canadian Language Benchmark levels, please see the Language test equivalency charts.

Note: If an application for permanent residence for which a PT selected “yes” in the “Test required?” column does not include a copy of valid language test results, the application will be considered incomplete and the CIO will return the entire application package to the applicant.

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