IELTS score for Canada

If you're considering making Canada your new home or want to apply for a Canada PR visa through the Express Entry/ Canada PNP / Regional pilot program then you need to prove your language proficiency. Proficiency in English or French is an essential requirement for immigrating to Canada under most immigration programs because it helps you to effectively communicate in the workplace, community, and daily life. Language proficiency ensures that newcomers can integrate into Canadian society, participate in community activities, and contribute to the workforce.

Canada accepts several English language proficiency exams for PR (Permanent Residency) applications.

1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
The IELTS General Training Test (GT)  is widely accepted by IRCC Canada for Canadian immigration purposes. The score requirements in IELTS GT depend upon the program you are considering applying for.
The minimum IELTS score requirements for Canada PR through Express Entry
IELTS Band ScoreCLB LevelListeningReadingWritingSpeaking

The minimum IELTS score requirements for Canada PR through Canada PNP
Canada PNPOverall scoreReadingWritingspeakingListening
Ontario  6 bands 6666
Nova Scotia 6 bands 6666
Saskatchewan 4.5 bands3.5444.5
Alberta  6 bands 6666
Manitoba4.5 bands3.5444.5
Prince Edward Island  6 bands 6666

Remember In addition to IELTS, other language tests are acceptable for Canadian immigration,

2) Pearson Test of English Core (PTE - Core)
Please note that IRCC started to accept PTE Core scores for Canada PR visas. So if you are planning to write PTE Core you must the minimum PTE Core requirements for a Canada PR visathrough various Programs 

The minimumPTE core-score requirements for Canada PR through Express Entry

10 89-9088-9089-9090

The minimumPTE core-score requirements for Canada PR through Canada PNP

Canada PNPListening ReadingSpeakingWriting 
Ontario  60-70 60-68 68-75 69-78
Alberta 60-70 60-68 68-75 69-78
Nova Scotia 60-70 60-68 68-75 69-78
Saskatchewan 28-38 33-41 42-50 41-50
Manitoba28-38 33-41 42-50 41-50
Prince Edward Island  60-70 60-68 68-75 69-78

3) CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program):
CELPIP is an English language proficiency test specifically designed for Canadian immigration purposes. It assesses language skills in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Both CELPIP General and CELPIP General LS are accepted for immigration to Canada.

The minimumCELPIP G-score requirements for Canada PR through Express Entry

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
CLB LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWritingPoints per ability
10 and above

Meet Mrs. Jaya & Manoj

For the French Language, what exam (test) do I need to write?

For demonstrating French language proficiency in the context of Canada PR (Permanent Residency), the Test d'évaluation de français (TEF) is the commonly accepted language test. The TEF is designed to assess proficiency in French, and it evaluates skills in four components: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.


First official language (maximum 24 points)

Test results for each ability
NCLC LevelSpeaking (expression orale)Listening (compréhension de l’oral)Reading (compréhension de l’écrit)Writing (expression écrite)Points (per ability)
9 and above371+298+248+371+6

Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in each of the four language abilities)

NCLC LevelSpeaking (expression orale)Listening (compréhension de l’oral)Reading (compréhension de l’écrit)Writing (expression écrite)Points (total)
5 and above226-371+181-298+151-248+226-371+4
Meet. Ms Subhshree

What is the minimum IELTS score for Canada?

We will discuss the minimum score based on your situation.

If you are Moving to Canada Pеrmanеntly, What is the minimum IELTS score?

If you want to live in Canada pеrmanеntly through Exprеss Entry, you need to prove that you can speak English well. Thеy usе something callеd thе Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB), and you gеnеrally nееd a scorе of CLB 7, which is likе having a 6.0 in еach part of thе IELTS tеst. But somеtimеs,  especially if you're working in areas likе healthcare, you might nееd a highеr scorе, likе 7.0. 

Is 5.5 IELTS eligible for Canada?

The suitability of a 5.5 IELTS score for Canada depends on the immigration or еducational program you're applying to. Gеnеrally, a scorе of 5.5 on thе IELTS tеst reflects a moderate proficiency level. While it might meet minimum requirements for somе еducational institutions or specific immigration strеams, note that requirements can differ. 

For certain Canadian universities and collеgеs,  еspеcially for postgraduatе programs, a higher IELTS score like 6.0 or 6.5 may be necessary for admission. Also, immigration programs,  particularly those under Exprеss Entry,  often demand high language proficiency starting at CLB 7,  equivalent to a higher IELTS score. 

It's vital to check the specific requirements of your chosen program or institution, as they may have unique minimum IELTS scorе criteria. In immigration, referring to the official guidelines of the specific immigration system or consulting with an immigration professional ensures accurate and up-to-date information. 
If you want more consultancy on the Canadian immigration process or the IELTS exams from India, feel free to contact us. With over 20 years of experience and more than 50,000 success stories, our team at Aptech Visas with 200 Immigration officers on board, has established ourselves as industry leaders in immigration consultancy. We have helped individuals and families from diverse backgrounds achieve their dreams of starting a new life in their desired country.
Contact us now for a free consultation!

Is IELTS mandatory for Canada PR?

Yеs, IELTS is frequently a mandatory requirement for individuals seeking Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada. Thе Intеrnational English Languagе Tеsting Systеm (IELTS) gauges applicants' language proficiency for effective communication and intеgration into Canadian society. 

The IELTS test assesses language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Diffеrеnt immigration strеams, likе Exprеss Entry and Provincial Nominее Programs (PNPs) may specify language proficiency requirements in Canadian Languagе Bеnchmark (CLB) lеvеls. 

 IELTS score requirements for Canada PR 
Immigration ProgramIELTS requirements 
 Express Entry  6 bands in each module 
Family sponsor Program No IELTS score requirements
 Ontario PNP Program 6 bands in Each module
Alberta PNP Program 6 bands in each module
Saskatchewan PNP4.5 bands in IELTS score 
Manitoba PNP4.5 bands in IELTS score 
Nova Scotia PNP 6 Bands in Each module 
BC PNP 6 band sin each module 
Prince Edward Island PNP 6 bands in each module
Rural & Northern immigration pilot program (RNIP)4.5 bands in IELTS score 
AIPP4.5 bands in IELTS score 

Book your consultation
  • Aptech Visa  Success Stories

    IELTS score for Canada: FAQ

    Understand the required IELTS score for Canada PR from India.

    Q. IELTS score for Canada PR from India.
    FAQs accordion is a great way to help you build authority and trust, and at the same time, bestow a bit of personality on the website. It also helps you answer frequently asked questions, produce additional quickly, and reduce bounce rates.
    Q. IELTS score for Canada PR through PNP
    PNP requirements can vary depending on the specific province. Generally, the minimum IELTS score for PNP programs is CLB 5 or 6, equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.0 or 6.0, in each section. However, some provinces, like Manitoba, require a higher score of CLB 7 or 8 (IELTS 6.0 or 7.0). Always check the specific requirements of the PNP program you're interested in.

    Q. IELTS score for Canada PR through the Family Sponsor program.

    If you're applying for Canada PR under the Family Sponsor program, you don't necessarily need to take the IELTS test if your sponsor meets the language requirements and can demonstrate financial support for you. However, having good English language skills can still be beneficial for integration into Canadian society.
    Q. Can I skip IELTS for Canada PR?
    Generally, you can't skip the IELTS test if you're applying for Canada PR through Express Entry or most Provincial Nominee Programs. There are rare exceptions, like if you have a Canadian degree or are a citizen of a country where English is the official language. Always verify the specific requirements for your preferred pathway.
    Q. Minimum IELTS score for Canada Express entry
    The minimum IELTS score for Canada Express Entry is CLB 7, equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 in each section. However, aiming for a higher score can significantly improve your chances of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA).
    Q. Can I get Canada PR with 6.5 IELTS?
    Yes, you can get Canada PR with a 6.5 IELTS score, especially if you score higher in some sections. Having a 6.5 score demonstrates good English language skills and can put you in a competitive position, particularly if you have other strong factors in your application like education, work experience, and adaptability.
    Q. Spouse IELTS score for Canada PR
    If you're applying for Canada PR with your spouse, they also need to meet the minimum language requirements. The same requirement of CLB 7 or IELTS 6.0 applies to them, though some provinces might have lower cut-offs for PNPs.
    Q. How many bands are required for Canada pr from India
    The number of bands required for Canada PR from India depends on your chosen pathway. It is not based on your country of origin, but on the specific program you're applying through. The most common requirement is CLB 7 (IELTS 6.0) for Express Entry and many PNPs, however, check the specific program requirements for accurate information.
    Our Media Mentions

    Latest News

    British Columbia PNP invites 66 applicants in the latest BC PNP draw on June 11, 2024. The British Columbian government received 66 applications for the most recent BC PNP draw. The 23rd BC PNP draw of the year took place on June 11, 2024. In addition to general category positions, jobs in childcare, construction, hea...
    Ontario PNP latest draw invites 244 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants on 11th June 2024 On 11th June a total of 244 applicants were shared invitations under the Employer Job Offer stream and 124 applicants were invited to apply under the Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker Steam. Whereas, 120 targeted invitations...
    IRCC conducts its latest Express Entry Draw on 30th May, inviting 2,985 applicants with 676 CRS On May 30th, 2024, IRCC conducted its # 296th draw, this draw happened after a month long pause. This was the first Provincial Nominee Program draw of the year having a CRS score of 676. For this draw, 2,985 invitations wer...
    BC PNP invited 78 applicants in the latest BC PNP draw conducted on 22nd May, 2024 The province of British Columbia sent out 78 invitations to qualified candidates to apply for the BC Provincial Nominee Program in the most recent draw. It was the twentieth draw of the year, and it took place on May 22, 2024. This draw...
    Manitoba PNP draw invites 253 skilled workers on May 23rd 2024 In the latest Manitoba PNP draw, which took place on May 23rd, 2024, 253 applications were invited to apply. Of these, 121 were invited under the Close Relatives in Manitoba Selection category, and 93 invites were shared for the International Education Str...
    Alberta PNP invited 49 applicants in the latest PNP draw with 302 CRS scores on 17th April 2024 The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) released details of the draw to the public on April 17th, 2024. 49 prospective candidates were encouraged to apply under the Priority Sector - Dedicated Healthcare Pathway if...
    Prince Edward Island invites 6 applicants in the latest PEI PNP draw Six candidates were chosen for the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) in the most recent Expression of Interest draw, which took place on May 2, 2024. This was the eighth draw of the year. These applicants, who represent a vari...
    New Zealand Permanent Residence Opportunity for Secondary School Teacher Are you working as a secondary school teacher here in India? What if you get the chance to settle abroad, and get higher pay and a better lifestyle and living standards? If your answer is yes then this news is just what you are looking for. New ...
    Yogesh shukla
    IRCC updates proof of funds for Canada PR, Express Entry Pathway The proof of funds requirement for Express Entry candidates has been updated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The modification went into effect on April 25 and was declared on the IRCC website today, May 2. Every year, proof of f...