In another attempt to encourage francophone immigration and bolster Canada’s French-speaking communities outside of Quebec; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now accepting the results of a new test as proof of language ability for French-speaking economic immigration candidates applying for permanent residence.
The Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) is now the second French language test that’s recognized by the Government of Canada, while the other recognized option remains the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF Canada). The results of either the TCF Canada or the TEF Canada will be honoured by Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The TCF Canada is administered by the French government-run Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) to test applicant’s French language proficiency and will be available at approved test centres in Canada and more than 150 countries from December, 2018 onwards.
IRCC asserts that having a second French-language tester will help to make the tests more accessible and affordable.
Candidates for economic immigration programs, including three programs managed by the Express Entry system: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), need to prove a sufficient level of language proficiency in either English or French to be eligible for immigration to Canada, where both serve as official languages.
However, English-speaking applicants for permanent residence do not need to provide French test results, unless they are claiming additional French language ability points.
The IRCC’s announcement came as a part of updates aimed at helping the integration of French speakers into communities and labour markets outside the province of Quebec. Other important measures took by Canadian Government includes an $11 million five-year collaborative partnership with la Cité, the largest French-language College in Ontario that will offer pre-arrival services to French-speaking newcomers, and improved French services at Toronto Pearson International Airport.