All adults between 18 and 54 who apply for citizenship must send IRCC proof that they meet the language requirement for citizenship. For this they must have proof that they meet the Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 for speaking and listening – click here to see the CLB level 4 Benchmark descriptions.
If you already submitted proof of language ability for your application for permanent residence as a Federal Skilled Worker or for the Canadian Experience Class, you will need to send this again.
If you have completed your secondary or post-secondary education in English or French, you will need a transcript, diploma, certificate or degree to prove this. Note: a single course done in English or French is not enough.
If you attended a LINC program you will need to send in proof of achieving CLB 4 in speaking and listening.
Note: Initial placement tests by a LINC assessment centre and/or attendance at local (Whistler/Pemberton) ESL groups are not accepted as proof of achieving CLB 4 in speaking and listening.
If you do not have any of these documents, you will need to take an approved English (or French) language test showing that you meet the CLB level 4 Benchmark description.
Click here to find out if you have Acceptable documents for the citizenship language requirement
Online at IELTS
At the Whistler Public Library: you can access test preparation materials called ‘Road to IELTS’
Online sample test materials at CELPIP
At the Whistler Welcome Centre: to access and to borrow preparation materials, contact a Settlement Worker tel: 604.698.5960 email: email@example.com
CELPIP and IELTS will not tell you if you pass or fail. You will receive a number as your result. To see what CELPIP and IELTS scores are equivalent to the CLB levels, check here
Note: IRCC may change the language requirements at any time. Please check the IRCC website for up-to-date information.
Find full details of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) requirements at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/language.asp
To be eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship you must;
You can find more information about Canadian Citizenship eligibility here.
Follow the steps below to complete your application.
(By regular mail Canada Post)
Case Processing Centre—Sydney
P.O. Box 7000
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6V6
By courier (FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Case Processing Centre—Sydney
47–49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 5Z2
Check the processing times to see about how long it will take for your application to be processed.
Start preparing for the citizenship test if you are between the ages of 18-55.
Resources to help you prepare for the Citizenship Test:
When your application is approved you will be sent the date and time of your test. Click here for information about what to do if you miss or are not available to take your citizenship test.
The final step to becoming a Canadian Citizen is to attend the Citizenship ceremony. At the ceremony you will take the Oath of Citizenship and receive your citizenship certificate. When you attend the ceremony, you must bring your permanent resident card. If you became a permanent resident before June 28, 2002, you will also need to bring your Record of Landing.
Contact our Settlement Worker
or drop in to the Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library
Monday 3 – 6 p.m and Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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