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Canada: A country with official bilingualism.

Updated: Mar 23

The second-largest country in the world has two official languages. The Official Languages Act was adopted in 1969, making English and French Canada’s official languages.


Canada is the largest country in America
Canada is the largest country in America

As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, I encounter people having their immigration assessment with me who do not meet the Canadian language requirement to obtain a temporary visa as a student or permanent resident visa.


Despite this, the most effective way to start your immigration journey to Canada without passing a language test is by landing a Canadian job offer.


In this scenario, if you have secured a job offer, you must prove that your language level is sufficient to fulfill your job duties with the employer. However, be aware that your proficiency in English must match the scope of the employment.


For example, if you are offered to work at a farm, your English level differs from someone hired as a Mining Company General Manager.


The other way to avoid demonstrating your language abilities to immigrate to Canada is to be sponsored by a relative through a family sponsorship.


In addition, some provincial nominee programs have lower language proficiency requirements if you have specific work experience in a demanded occupation in that province or a valid job offer from an employer from that province.


Why should someone improve his/her ability to speak in one of the Canadian official languages?


Parlez-vous français? Do you speak English?

English–French bilingualism refers to the ability to converse in English and French, Canada’s two official languages.


English is the most commonly spoken language in most provinces and territories.

Outside the province of Quebec, around 80% percent speak English.

Therefore, French is the primary language spoken in Quebec and some parts of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Manitoba.

Quebec also has a significant minority of English-speaking residents.


All official federal government services, publications and documents are available in both English and French
All official federal government services, publications and documents are available in both English and French

The importance of language skills

Good English or French language skills are essential to settle in Canada. Strong English or French language skills are vital for many reasons, such as:


  1. Landing a job.

  2. Studying or pursuing training.

  3. Accessing federal or provincial services.

  4. Helping your children with homework from school.

  5. Meeting and interacting with people in your neighbourhood, at your job, and your child's school.

  6. Passing the language requirement for citizenship.


Can I study English or French in Canada?

In Canada, most newcomers who are permanent residents are eligible for free taxpayer-funded language classes. As a result, many programs offer language classes to help adult newcomers improve their language skills.


To study English or French for free you must be a permanent resident of Canada

Particularly in Québec, you can study French funding through the Gouvernement du Québec if you are a temporary student or worker.


You will be taught the language skills to integrate into Québec society, and you will be able to use French daily.


You do not need to pay for the lessons; even you may be eligible for financial assistance if you qualify.


Your knowledge of French may be taken into account if you wish to immigrate to Québec permanently
Your knowledge of French may be taken into account if you wish to immigrate to Québec permanently

Do I need to study English before going to Canada?

Absolutely. We are partnered with Heartland International English School in Winnipeg - Manitoba, and Mississauga - Ontario.


They have welcomed thousands of students from over 60 countries looking for a unique experience of learning English in Canada or online.


Visit its website for more information: https://heartlandenglish.com/


Study English in Canada at our allied school
Study English in Canada at our allied school

They provide comprehensive English programs to help you learn all English skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.


They offer all levels ranging from entry to advanced, ensuring all students are challenged and will improve their English.


Heartland Winnipeg is located in downtown Winnipeg, within the historic Exchange District, where everything you need is close to the school, including public transportation, shopping, restaurants, museums, the Winnipeg Public Library, and parks. Classrooms are large and comfortable.


Students have free access to wireless Internet, kitchen facilities, free coffee in the morning, lounge and activity spaces and more.


You can request a free quote: https://heartlandenglish.com/fee-calculator/


Halifax Language Institute

Halifax Language Institute of Canada is located at 405-5640 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3M7, Canada.


They offer the General English (ESL) program for students who want to focus on communication and conversation skills. The program consists of lessons in integrated skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar), among other English programs.


Students will complete a placement assessment to determine their English level before starting their program. You will be placed in a class appropriate to your English level.


You can improve your language skills in Canada
You can improve your language skills in Canada

We hope that this article has been helpful to you; if you want to talk to me to guide you through an immigration process, write to me at alejandro@mevoyacanada.net 



Alejandro Gonzalez ( Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant)
Alejandro Gonzalez ( Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant)



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