New English Language requirements for Skilled Trades (FSTCP) 2013
**Please note well that this article is referring to the new Federal Skilled Trades Class Program (FSTCP) launching in 2013 and is NOT referring to the criteria for the Federal Skilled Workers Class Program (which has higher standards and requirements).
Being able to communicate and work in English or French will help you in the Canadian job market. Which is why the Canadian Government has increased the language requirements for all persons wishing to immigrate to Canada. It is an absolute must that you devote time to learning Canadian languages to the best of your ability in order to be successful on your application to come to Canada.
You must prove your ability in English or French in these four areas:
- reading, and
CIC uses the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and the Niveau de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC). These are the nationally-accepted levels that measure how well an adult who learned English or French as a second language can communicate in that language.
You must meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing.
You must take a language test from an agency approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and include the results when you apply. If you do not, the Government (CIC) will not process your application and they will return your fees.
Language test results must not be more than two years old when CIC receives your application.
You can use your test results to find your CLB level.
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