Quebec Immigration - Language Proficiency

The Language Proficiency factor for English and French is one of the ten criteria for which points are awarded under the Quebec Immigration selection system.

In order for the applicant to receive points for English or French proficiency, language test results must be submitted.

Up to 22 points are awarded under the Language Proficiency factor of the Quebec Skilled Worker Program  on the following basis. An applicant with a spouse or common-law partner can:

French Language proficiency
SkillLow Beginner (A1)High Beginner (A2)Low Intermediate (B1)High Intermediate (B2)Advanced (C1)Advanced (C2)
Listening0 points0 points0 points5 points6 points7 points
Speaking0 points0 points0 points5 points6 points7 points
Reading0 points0 points0 points1 point1 point1 point
Writing0 points0 points0 points1 point1 point1 point
Maximum16 points
English Language proficiency
SkillBeginner (CLB 1-4)Intermediate (CLB 5-8)Advanced (CLB 9-12)
Listening0 points1 point2 points
Speaking0 points1 point2 points
Reading0 points1 point1 point
Writing0 points1 point1 point
Maximum6 points

An accompanying spouse or common-law partner of a principal applicant can obtain up to six points for oral French language proficiency. The following table outlines a breakdown of points awarded for French language proficiency to accompanying spouses or common-law partners. A complete a list of spouse or common-law characteristics and points awarded for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program can be reviewed on this page.

French language
Skill(CLB 1-6)(CLB 7-8)(CLB 9-12)
Listening0 points2 points3 points
Speaking0 points2 points3 points
Reading0 points0 points0 points
Writing0 points0 points0 points
Maximum6 points

French Language Proficiency:

Beginner levels:

LOW Beginner

  • Listening: Able to understand short statements (commonly used phrases).
  • Speaking: Able to express basic needs.

HIGH Beginner

  • Listening: Able to understand practical information concerning everyday life.
  • Speaking: Able to make yourself understood in familiar and foreseeable situations.

Intermediate levels:

LOW Intermediate

  • Listening: Able to understand significant information about familiar and foreseeable situations.
  • Speaking: Able to express yourself in a comprehensible manner on subjects related to everyday life.

HIGH Intermediate

  • Listening: Understand detailed information about subjects you are familiar with, or concrete and abstract subjects.
  • Speaking: Can clearly express yourself on subjects related to your areas of interest.

Advanced levels:


  • Listening: Understand detailed information related to social and professional life.
  • Speaking: Can confidently and precisely express yourself on a variety of subjects.

Learn about the next selection factor under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program: Stay and Family In Quebec. 

See the complete list of selection factors under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.