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.

Are you looking to get assessed in English?

Follow this link for more information.

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


The 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?

CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY - Revision and validation of the CLB-LPT and the NCLC-OCA
2017-09-19 CCLB is seeking short-term contractors to work with the Centre in the revision and validation of literacy placement tools aligned to the CLB:ESL for ALL and NCLC : FLS pour AMA.
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).


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. ...