British Columbia has introduced a minimum language requirement for Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) – Base Category program. As of 29 January 2020, Entrepreneur candidates are now required to meet a Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4. Meeting this language requirement is set to be the condition of nomination. A benchmark score of 4 is considered as Basic Proficiency which means:
- communicate basic needs and personal experience
- follow simple formal and informal conversations
- read a simple set of instructions in plain language
- write short messages or notes
The minimum score required in the designated test to score CLB 4 is:
Eligibility requirement changes are effective for new applications and do not impact those candidates who have already applied to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program – Base category. Successful business establishment and better integration of immigrant entrepreneurs into B.C. communities are supported as a result of this change. Research suggests that proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages has continually a strong impact on the economic and social integration of immigrants into their new country. The timing of language requirement by nomination allows strong entrepreneur candidates a possibility to enhance their language ability once they arrive in B.C. to establish their business.