Yes. Just what are they speaking in England? Apparently, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) is not too sure, and will now be requiring that all British people and French people take language tests to prove that they speak either English or French if the immigration program that they are using requires proof of language.
So to the people of England, you may have invented the language, but as your former colony, we’re putting you on notice that we’re not quite sure how well you speak it.
And to the international student who graduated from a Canadian university with a honours degree in English, well, we’re sorry, but we’re not confident that our universities know how to teach the language.
Imagine the scene at the reception area of a French testing center in Paris where Parisians have to pay and sit an exam to prove that their French is sufficient for Quebec.
And to those that have said that this brings Canada in line with the practices of our “competitors,” including the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, a quick glance at their laws reveals that no it doesn’t.
Australia exempts applicant’s whose native language is English and who are passport holders of the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, or New Zealand.
The UK exempts applicants who are nationals of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the former British West Indies from taking language tests.
New Zealand exempts applicants who have a post-secondary qualification taught entirely in English, and applicants who have worked in skilled employment in New Zealand for at least 12 months.
And do you know why these countries have these exemptions? Because it’s so obvious that they’ll pass the English test that they don’t want to insult their potential immigrants by making them pay and sit an English test.