Required IELTS/TOEFL scores for study and immigration in Canada

IELTS General for Permanent Residency

Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry)

Canada’s immigration laws require either IELTS General or CELPIP (The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) to satisfy immigration criteria. The skills you need will depend on the group your job is classified in under the National Occupational Classification system (NOC).

NOC 0 or A

Management jobs

such as restaurant managers

 CLB 7 = IELTS 6.0

 (Listening: 6.0 reading: 6.0

 writing: 6.0 speaking: 6.0 )

Skill level A

Professional jobs

(usually call for a degree from

a university)

such as doctors、dentists and architects

 CLB 7 =IELTS 6.0

 (Listening: 6.0 reading: 6.0

 writing: 6.0 speaking: 6.0)


Skill level  B

Technical jobs and skilled trades

(usually call for a college diploma or

training as an apprentice)

such as chefs, plumbers and electricians 

  CLB 5 =IELTS 5

 (Listening: 5 Reading: 4

 Writing: 5 Speaking: 5) 


 Government of Canada (2018) language requirement  CIC website 

IELTS Academic for Universities and Colleges

Colleges in Toronto

George brown

Seneca college

Humber college

Centennial college

Universities in Toronto

University of Toronto

York University

Ryerson University 


International students planning on  entering into secondary education ie colleges or universities- in Canada are required to prove their English language ability by taking the IELTS Academic (most common) or TOEFLiBT tests. The Average score of IELTS Academic required for college admission in Canada is  6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each skill band), while TOEFLiBT 80 (minimum 20 in each skill band). Undergraduate programs in College (4 year programs) requires candidates to score 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each skill band ) in IELTS A, 88 (minimum 22 in each skill band) in TOEFLiBT.


George Brown College




Postgraduate Programs


IELTS (Academic)

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each skill band)

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each skill band )

TOEFLiBT 80 (minimum 20 in each skill band)  88 (minimum 22 in each skill band) 


English language requirements for university enrollment  (bachelor’s degree)  in Canada is usually 6.5 (no band below 6.0) in IELTS A or 100 (22 on writing ) in TOEFLiBT.

University of Toronto

IELTS Academic:an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0

TOEFL iBT : Total score of 100 + 22 on Writing

Discretionary Range: Total score 89-99 +19 - 21 on Writing

English language requirements for graduate studies in Universities may require IELTS A:7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each skill band). However, minimum requirements vary from program to program. 

University of Toronto


Social Science 



7.0(minimum 6.5 in each component)



Overall Score: 93

Writing/Speaking: 22

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