IELTS for Canadian Immigration

Take IELTS for PR (permanent residency): The language proficiency test accepted by the Canadian Government

IELTS was the first test to be recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Immigration Quebec as proof of English language proficiency for its immigration and citizenship programs.

Canadian citizenship program

Explore the different citizenship programs available to immigrate to Canada:

Express entry

This program provides a fast and efficient pathway for qualified candidates seeking to settle in Canada permanently.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

Canada’s provinces and territories have their own nomination programs aimed at attracting skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and international graduates to meet the specific workforce needs of each region.

Quebec-selected skilled workers

This is the application process for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada and live in Quebec.


Canada offers special programs for caregivers who wish to work and settle in the country.

Self-employed Workers

This program is designed for individuals with self-employed skills who wish to contribute to the Canadian economy.

Atlantic Immigration Program

This program is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution who want to work and live in 1 of Canada’s 4 Atlantic provinces—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador. The program helps employers hire qualified candidates for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.

Unlock Migration Opportunities: Get 50% Off IELTS Fees for Refugees!


The British Council is dedicated to supporting refugees globally, collaborating with governments and educational partners to create opportunities. In Canada, we offer a 50% discount on the IELTS test fee to ensure refugee access. This initiative aims to empower refugees for better job and educational prospects in the country through successful IELTS testing. Limited promo codes are available this year, so Canadian refugees should apply today to seize this unique opportunity.

Keep up to date to find out more about Immigration to Canada programs

Regardless of the option you choose, proficiency in the English language, demonstrated through IELTS, can be a crucial requirement for your immigration process to Canada.

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Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) – What are they?

Part of the process of applying to many of Canada’s immigration programs is to prove language ability. The Government of Canada uses Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) as a measure of English language ability.  These CLBs are aligned to the band scores of IELTS for Canadian immigration.

We have created a handy calculator so that you can easily convert IELTS band scores to the equivalent CLB.


IELTS Band Score Requirements

Most programs require that you have an IELTS band score in the General Training version of the test, but make sure you check with the immigration program specifications before you register for your IELTS test.

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How can I improve my CLB score?

Because the CLBs are aligned to IELTS band scores, the higher IELTS band score you achieve, the more likely your CLB score will be higher. To improve your IELTS band score, visit our IELTS preparation page to get a variety of resources, including:

Do you have questions about immigration or settling in Canada?

Our partners at Canada Visa have a free online assessment form which will help to determine the best immigration path for you. Once you have completed the form, Canada Visa will contact you to provide further help and answer any questions you may have.

Are you ready to take your test? Find the list of test locations in your area.