TCF Canada: developing long-term French-Canadian relations in favor of mobility

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Already committed to the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion of Quebec (MIDI) since 2012 through TCF Quebec, the CIEP's evaluation and certification department is expanding its scope of cooperation with Canadian authorities in 2018 by creating TCF Canada.

Designed by the CIEP, the Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF) is a standardized and calibrated language level test. It places candidates on one of the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Being essential for starting or pursuing higher education in France, the TCF is aimed at a public who wants to know its level in French for personal and professional reasons.

Promoting Francophone immigration is a priority for the Government of Canada, which has made it mandatory to pass standardized language tests and exams, in French and/or in English, as part of the economic immigration or obtention procedures of the Canadian citizenship. As part of National Francophonie Week, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) announced in November 2018 several important initiatives to improve and expand the offer of services to Francophone immigrants. Among these initiatives, IRCC has designated the CIEP as a new evaluation body for French language skills.

TCF Quebec was designed to respond to requests from Quebec’s authorities, which make mandatory the passing of tests and exams of French to assess the level of candidates for immigration to Quebec, conditioning the obtention of a permanent visa. Applicants must pass at least one or more tests (if they wish to accumulate more points) and obtain at least a B2 level. TCF Canada offers new opportunities for French or Francophone audiences by expanding the potential for mobility at a federal level.

TCF Canada has been specifically designed to meet IRCC standards. This test consists of four mandatory examinations: listening, reading, speaking and writing. TCF's official network centers around the world have been able to register candidates’ inscriptions since December 5, 2018, for sessions starting on January 15, 2019.