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Background on the National Consultation

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)/Centre des niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (CNCLC) is the centre of expertise in support of the national standards in English and French for describing, measuring, and recognizing the second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada.

In 2000, the CCLB/CNCLC revised the Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000 (CLB 2000) for currency, allowing for the development of materials based on the standards for assessment, for professional development and for occupation-specific uses, including training to various partners who use the benchmarks. Note that the organization developed the first version of the French benchmarks, les Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC), in 2006.

The national consultation on the CLB 2000/NCLC 2006 aims to be a comprehensive scan of organizations, programs, groups and individuals who use the CLB/NCLC. These stakeholder groups can express needs, gaps, and desired next steps in terms of content, materials, tools, and uses of the CLB/NCLC. In addition, the consultation will determine appropriate planning and action for the CCLB/CNCLC.