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Canada IELTS

In Canada IELTS can be taken for immigration purposes or to get a study visa. 

Canada IELTS Test Centres 

IELTS results are recognised by Immigration Quebec and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as proof of your English language abilities.

Only the IELTS General Training Test is recognised for immigration. For study, it is Academic IELTS.

Other Language Tests in Canada

Other recognised language ability tests are the Test d’Évaluation du Français (TEF) and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

The TEF is just for assessing French proficiency so if you wish to provide proof of your ability in Canada, IELTS or the CELPIP are what you need. 

However, the CELPIP is mostly administered within Canada only (but also New York and Dubai). IELTS however can be taken in most countries around the world.  

Study & Immigration

IELTS for Study

If you wish to study in Canada, you would take the Academic IELTS test. The test is recognised by most universities and institutions (such as language schools) in the country.

You should check the specific IELTS requirements with the particular institution you are applying to as they will decide which score they need. Requirements will vary depending on the university or institution you are applying to. 

Note that under these conditions you may not need IELTS:

  • English is your mother tounge
  • You have or are about to get an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognised university in which the official instruction was all in English
  • You have lived, attended university, or worked, for at least four consecutive years in a country in which English is the primary language.

Again, you should check the requirements with the institution you are applying to in Canada. 

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IELTS for Immigration

If you want to go to Canada to live or work, then you would take General Training IELTS.

Specifically, IELTS is used as evidence of English language skills for Express Entry (Skilled Immigrants)Provincial Nominee program and Quebec-selected skilled workers

In Canada, it is The Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) which is used to identify the language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants who plan to live and work in Canada.

The scales consist of 12 benchmarks organized in three stages: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

The table below shows how IELTS General Training test scores equate to the CLB standards:

Canadian Language Benchmark IELTS Conversion ScoresCanadian Language Benchmark IELTS Conversion Scores

You can get more information from the official Canadian Immigration Website.

Below is a list of the states and cities which hold the test.

IELTS Test Centres in Canada


  • Oshawa
  • Ottawa
  • Pickering
  • Richmond Hill
  • Scarborough
  • St. Catherines
  • Sudbury
  • Toronto
  • Vaughan
  • Wellend
  • Windsor


  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Lloydminster
  • Red Deer

British Columbia

  • Abottsford
  • Burnaby
  • Castlegar
  • Coquitlam
  • Courtenay
  • Fort St John
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Langely
  • Nanaimo
  • New Westminster
  • North Vancouver
  • Penticton
  • Prince George
  • Richmond
  • Surry
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria


  • Brandon
  • Neepawa
  • Steinbach
  • Thompson
  • Winnipeg

New Brunswick

  • Fredericton
  • Moncton
  • Saint John


  • St Johns

Nova Scotia

  • Antigonish
  • Halifax
  • Sydney

Prince Edward Island

  • Charlottetown


  • Brossard
  • Montreal
  • Pointe-Claire
  • Quebec City
  • Saint-Laurent
  • Sherbrooke
  • Stanstead


  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Estevan
  • Swift Current


  • Whitehorse

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