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Language skills the target of Canadian citizenship reform

posted Jul 8, 2012, 1:50 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jul 8, 2012, 1:50 PM ]
Robin Levinson  May 24, 2012 – 9:15 AM ET | Last Updated: May 24, 2012 3:02 PM ET National Post

People applying for Canadian citizenship must now provide “objective evidence” that they can not only read, but actually communicate in English or French. If they don’t have a diploma from an English or French school, they will have to either pass a language test or take government-approved language classes.

Proving your language skills comes at a high cost for the applicant. One of the only standardized English tests currently accepted by the government, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), costs between $265 and $285 to write.