Call for ASL and LSQ Consultants with Knowledge of CLB/NCLC

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)/Centre des niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (CNCLC) is an Ottawa-based, national, non-profit organization. Since 1998, CCLB has been the centre of expertise in support of the Canadian Language Benchmarks and Niveaux de compétence linguistiques canadiens, the national standards for describing, measuring, and recognizing the second- language proficiency of immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada. For more information about CCLB/NCLC, visit

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You can email your application package to:

Alina Razinkova,

This post will remain open until filled.

Please ensure that the subject line reads LFS-04.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this posting; however, please note that we will contact only those selected for an interview.

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) is seeking Expressions of Interest from ASL/LSQ (American Sign Language/Quebec Sign Language) consultants who possess knowledge of the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks) and/or NCLC (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens) to work on various components of a new digital language tool kit.

Relating Canadian Language Benchmarks/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens to Essential Skills: A Comparative Framework (CF) brings together the communicative abilities described in the Essential Skills and the Canadian Language Benchmarks/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens. It is a tool to assist instructors to incorporate Essential Skills into adult English/French as a Second Language instruction. In 2019, this document was updated and renamed the Canadian Language Benchmarks-Essential Skills Framework (CF).

In 2021, the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) revised its Essential Skills framework to incorporate the skills required to be successful in today’s workplace. The new model, Skills for Success, includes many of the original Essential Skills and incorporates some of the social and behavioral skills that have become more important over time.

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is now developing a digital tool kit to support the use of the Skills for Success and CLB/NCLC in English as a Second Language (ESL)/French as a Second Language (FSL) programming.

CCLB is seeking Expressions of Interest from ASL/LSQ consultants to work on the various components of the Tool Kit, as required, over the duration of the project. The work will be part-time and the hours flexible. Consultants can express interest in doing one or more of the following:

  1. Reviewing the newly developed “Language for Success” framework to identify ways to make it accessible for users of ASL and/or LSQ.
  2. Developing ASL and/or LSQ Exemplars in a digital format that demonstrate how to use the “Language for Success” framework with ASL/LSQ learners.
  3. Developing ASL and/or LSQ digital tools and resources to be included in the Language Tool Kits that specifically support ASL/LSQ learners in workplace language programming.

The selected expert(s) must have

  • a degree or qualifications in education, second language education,curriculum/resource development, writing for a digital audience or similar and must have developed resources using CLB and/or NCLC and Skills for Success/Essential Skills.
  • fluency in ASL and/or LSQ with experience teaching ASL/LSQ and English and/or French as a Second Language to adults in Canada, including in a workplace context (LINC/CLIC programming, English or French for Specific Purposes, Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupational Specific Language Training programming) or in workplace language curriculum development or similar.
  • familiarity in creating content for an online audience.
  • demonstrated ability to develop resources and tools in ASL, LSQ or Bilingually as part of a team.

Hours and duration of work to be negotiated based on role. It is anticipated that different types of expertise will be required at different times in the project.

The hourly rate for this position is in the range of $50 to $65 per hour. The final rate will be determined based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, and skills.

Please submit:

  • A resume and cover letter. Please state the role(s) for which you are applying and demonstrate how you meet the requirements for the role(s).
  • One or two examples of work done on projects of a similar nature.
  • The names and contact information for three references for whom you have done similar work.

Marie-Elyse Gauthier