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Welcome to the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is the centre of expertise in support of the national standards in English and French for describing, measuring and recognizing second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada.

  • English version: Canadian Language Benchmarks
  • French version: Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens

The Centre promotes their recognition and use as practical, fair and reliable national standards of second language proficiency throughout Canada in educational, training, community and workplace settings.

For information on Citizenship applications, click here.

Are you looking to get assessed in English? Click here to find an assessment near you!

If you are working with refugees or other newcomers to Canada and you want to find some tools and resources, please click here.


CCLB gratefully acknowledges funding for the development of this website from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada and the provincial Governments of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

What's New?

2016-2017 Annual Report
2017-08-10 You can now find our 2016-2017 Annual Report online
Language is the Key
2017-06-8 Language is the Key offers an examination of the widely recognized system of official language training for adult immigrants to Canada—the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and their French equivalent, Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC).
PBLA Emerging Practice Guidelines
2017-06-5 Previously known as PBLA Guide for Teachers and Programs (2014), PBLA Emerging Practice Guidelines 2017 incorporates material in the PBLA Guide for Teachers and Programs and relevant content from CCLB updates and handouts (e.g. Completing PBLA Learner Progress Reports, Assessment Tasks and Skill-using Activities and FAQ’s developed from recurring forum questions).

CCLB will be developing an annual review process to ensure the guidelines remain current in response to emerging conditions and issues.

The new document is available as a mini-site here:


Inside Language - La langue en coulisse
Download the PDF version of our September Newsletter here. Téléchargez la version PDF de notre bulletin de septembre ici. ...