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?

Inside Language Newsletter
2016-03-1 Our June 2016 Newsletter is now available.
2014-2015 Annual Report
2015-08-4 You can now find our 2014-2015 Annual Report online
CLB: ESL for All (Adult Literacy Learners)
2015-02-2 CLB: ESL for All (Adult Literacy Learners) is now available for download on the literacy and publication pages of


Inside Language - La langue en coulisse
Download the PDF version of our March Newsletter here. Téléchargez la version PDF de notre bulletin de mars ici.   Public Holidays Please note that our offices will be closed July 1st for Canada Day and August 1st for the Civic Holiday.   Jours fériés Veuillez noter que nos bureaux seront fermés l...