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CLARS - Language Assessment Centres in:

  • Peel Region
  • Halton Region
  • Dufferin County
  • York Region
  • Simcoe County
  • Durham Region

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Language Assessment Centres Overview

CLARS Language Assessment Centres provide free English/French language assessments and referrals to classes for eligible immigrants seeking language training in Peel, Halton, Dufferin, York, Simcoe and Durham.

Language assessments are conducted by certified language assessors using the following tools:

  • Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA)
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks Literacy Assessment (CLBLA)
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT)
  • Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (ELTPA)

Click here for more information on language assessment tools.

Important Steps in the Language Assessment Process

Eligibility must be verified prior to scheduling an appointment, and all fees paid in full if applicable.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Age: Adults, 18 years of age or older or, if younger, with proof of high school completion from the country of origin.
  2. Status in Canada
    • Canadian Citizen (born outside Canada)
    • Permanent Resident
    • Convention Refugee/Protected Person
    • Persons in Canada whose applications for Permanent Resident status are being processed in Canada, and who have been informed by a letter from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of their application subject to an admissibility assessment
    • Refugee Claimant
    • Temporary Worker or Student who has obtained initial approval for a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence
    • Foreign Domestic Worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program

Original documents indicating immigration status in Canada, and photo identification must be presented at the time of assessment.

Identification Documents:

Status in Canada

Documentation (original or certified copy must be
presented)

Canadian Citizen born outside of Canada

Canadian Passport
Certificate of Canadian
Citizenship (Citizenship card)

Permanent Resident

Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
Confirmation of Permanent
Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM
5509)
Permanent Resident Card

Convention Refugee/
Protected Person

Convention Refugees:
Record of Landing (IMM 1000) Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM
5509)
Letter of Notice of Decision from the IRB confirming that the client has been determined to be a Convention Refugee.
Protected Persons:
Letters issued by CIC indicating that an client’s application for protection has been allowed (successful Pre-Removal Risk
Assessment PRRA).
Protected Persons Status Document (IMM5520)
Urgent Protection cases sometimes enter Canada on a temporary resident permit called a “Permit to come into or Remain in
Canada (IMM 1263).” The permit will have the words “Protected temporary residents class” written on it.

Persons in Canada whose applications for Permanent Resident status are being processed in Canada and who have been informed by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of their application subject to an admissibility assessment

Approved in Principle letter (pending verifications)
Work or Study Permits that include a notation indicating initial approval of a concurrent Application for Permanent
Residence. The Work or Study Permit must have words like “Initial Approval of PR” written on it.

Refugee Claimant

Refugee Protection Claimant Document

Temporary Worker or Student who has obtained initial approval for a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence.

Work or Study Permits that include a notation indicating initial approval of a concurrent Application for Permanent
Residence. The Work or Study Permit must have words like “Initial Approval of PR” written on it.

Foreign domestic worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program.

Live-In Caregiver Work Permit (Case Type 20 for Nannies and Live-in Caregivers) issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Certified assessors conduct the assessments by appointment only. The assessment process can take 3 hours or more.

Upon assessment completion, clients are referred to appropriate language training classes.

Support to Community Partnership Committees

In Peel/Halton/Dufferin, support is provided to the Peel/Halton/Dufferin Language Partnership. These services include:

  • coordinating professional development and special events,
  • facilitating the delivery of language training  curriculum based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks,
  • liaising with agencies and organizations that provide language training in Peel, Halton and Dufferin, and facilitate partnership connections,
  • providing statistical information based on language assessment and demographics to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and partner organizations for planning purposes, and
  • designing and maintaining websites: lincpeelhalton.com and Teaching Resources for Language Instructors.

In York/Simcoe and Durham, coordination support is provided to the York Region and Simcoe County Language Training Partner group as well as the Durham Community Language Partnership Committee.


This project is funded by CIC and MCI


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