Канада имеет два официальных языка: английский и французский. Английский-самый распространенный язык в большинстве провинций и территорий.
Французский-основной язык, на котором говорят в провинции Квебек и в некоторых районах Онтарио, Нью-Брансуик и Манитоба. There are also francophone communities in all provinces and territories across Canada. Quebec has a large minority of residents who speak English.
We offer all official federal government services, publications and documents in both English and French.
Важность знания языка
English or French language skills are very important to help you settle in Canada. You may choose to focus on learning or improving one or the other. Это будет, вероятно, зависеть от того, какой из двух языков большинство людей говорят в том районе, где вы живете.
Strong English or French skills will help with:
- getting a job
- going to school
- accessing services
- helping your children with school work
- meeting and talking to people
- getting your Canadian citizenship
Take steps to improve your French or English while you are still in your home country and as soon as you arrive in Canada.
If you already speak an official language, think about learning the other. In many parts of Canada, being able to speak both is an advantage for finding a job and taking part in your community.
The Language Portal of Canada has a variety of tools and resources to improve your language skills.
Языковые навыки для работы
The English or French skills you needed to be eligible to immigrate may not be strong enough for you to work in your field.
Most regulated jobs and trades require you to:
- be fluent in English or French
- have a strong knowledge of all work-related language
- understand phrases or expressions used, some of which may be unique to Canada
Find out about the language requirements you must meet to work in your field. If needed, contact your regulatory body to learn about the type of language test that will be used to evaluate or assess you.
You may want to consider taking language classes or looking for bridging programs that offer both language training and work experience.
You can take language classes to learn English or French once in Canada. Federal, provincial and territorial governments across Canada fund language classes. You’ll need to pay for private language classes.
To find information about other language training programs funded by the provinces or territories:
- ask an organization that helps newcomers in your area
- visit the website for newcomers of the province or territory where you live
Testing your current language skills before you registering
Before you start a class, you must get tested to find out your current language skills. Visit a language assessment centre in your city and tell them you’re interested in taking language classes.
You can do a self-assessment test to find out your current language level before doing a formal language test.
Language tests and certificates
There are cases where you may need to prove your ability in either English or French, such as:
- when you apply for a job
- to get into a university or college
There are several language tests that are widely accepted. They will give you a certificate and test results that you can use for many purposes.
Английский язык тесты и сертификаты:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (universities and colleges usually need this)
Французский язык тесты и сертификаты:
You can also find out about these tests from some government language testing centres or private language schools.
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