What is CCLB?

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is a national nonprofit organization that serves as Canada’s leading resource for the CLB/NCLC. As the national standard setting body for the CLB/NCLC, it is the only organization in Canada focused exclusively on promoting the use of these national standards in educational, training, community and workplace settings.

The CLB and NCLC are recognized as the official Canadian standards for describing, measuring and recognizing the language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants in both English and French. They provide a common language for the entire immigrant-serving community.

CCLB/CNCLC was established in 1998 to support the CLB and NCLC. It is governed by a nationally representative, multi-stakeholder board of directors including representation from ESL and FSL experts and language assessors.


The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind contributions of the following funders in support of its projects and activities:

Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada / Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration / Ministère des Affaires civiques et de l’Immigration