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February 21, 2021
February 21, 2021

A language Test of either English or French of CLB 5 is required to be eligible for the Home Child Care provider immigration pilot or the Home Support Worker Immigration Pilot.
The IELTs is the most popular English test used for academic or immigration purposes. IELTs result for Immigration purpose is valid for only 2years.
The table below is an IELTs to CLB conversion. It shows what your IELTs score is equivalent to in Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).

There’s no pass or fail in IELTs, rather people set out to achieve a score depending on what they want to use their test result for.
IELTs academic is taken by people who are intending to apply to schools for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

IELTs General is taken by people who are looking to immigrate.

Where do you take the IELTs?
The test is available in all british councils in many countries of the world. The cost may vary a little accross different countries.

Some Popular IELTs Myths
1. You need to write test at least twice to get a good score. This is a lie. I made a band 8 on my first attempt. I have also seen other test takers make above band 7 on their first attempt too.

2. The test is difficult to pass. This is also a lie. British council has a lot of resources that anyone can use to prepare for the test. There are also lots of websites owned by ielts examiners that teach test takers how to approach the test.

3. You need to use an American or British accent in your speaking test to show you can speak good english. This is false. The examiner knows when a test taker is faking an accent and will minus points from you if you do that. You just need to be yourself, speak naturally, pronounce words properly or correctly, speak with correct grammar, to earn your points.

4. You need past questions to prepare for the test. This is also false. What you need is tips on how to approach the test. Test questions are hardly ever repeated because they are gotten from every day occurences in the english speaking world.

What to expect in a General IELTs test?
Test questions are collected from everyday events, from the English speaking world. Questions could come from interactions in an apartment building, school environment, church, bakery, furniture shop, etc.
There are 4 parts in the test:
Listening test
Speaking test
Reading test
Writing test.

There are 2 test formats: 
1. Paper based tests: questions come in question papers and answers must be written in answer booklets, except for the speaking test.
The results for paper based test take approx. 14days to be released to the test taker.

2. Computer based test: the test is taken on a computer. Except for the speaking test. The result take approx. 7 days to get ready.

How to prepare for IELTs?
There are many resources available online to help test takers make their desired/good score.
If you register for the test with the british council, you also get some free resources to aid your preparation.

IELTs Tips
1. Whether in the speaking test or the writing test, use a lot of examples.
2. Be time conscious
3. Try to build your vocabulary range before the test.
4. Do not fake an accent for your speaking test.
5. Avoid repetition whether in the speaking or writing test.

Some free app from british council:
IELT practice app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.britishcouncil.ieltsprep&hl=en&referrer=utm_source%3Dgoogle%26utm_medium%3Dorganic%26utm_term%3Dielts+preparation+app&pcampaignid=APPU_1_AYODXvb8NKie1fAPjdOKoAc)
Complete ielts prep

This list will be updated soon.

February 21, 2021

The provinces of Canada;

1. British Columbia:
British Columbia is Canada’s western most province. The province is bordered by the west by the pacific ocean and the American state of Alaska. It is bordered to the North by the Canadian Northern territory and Yukon. To the east it shares a border with the Canadian province of Alberta. To the south it shares border with the American states of Washington, Idaho and Montana.
The capital city is Victoria, but the most populous city is Vancouver. British Columbia has an average population of 5million (2018 census).
The major industries in British Columbia are:
1. Railway and sea cargo terminus
2. Tourism
3. Real estate
4. Movie production
5. Resource extraction and mining

Average income tax rate for people who earn up to $52,000 annually in BC is approx. 21.78%.

Average cost of a 2 bedroom apartment in Vancouver is $3,000

 

2. Alberta:

Alberta is one of the western provinces of Canada. It shares border with British Columbia to the west, Saskatchewan to the east, Northwestern territories to the north and the American state of Montana to the south. Alberta is one of the 3 Canadian prairie (grassland) provinces, the estimated population is 4million (2018 census). The capital city is Edmonton while the largest city is Calgary.
The major industries in Alberta are:
1. Oil and gas (which is the biggest in the whole of Canada)
2. Agriculture
3. Tourism (most notable of which is the Calgary stampede)

Average income tax rate for people who earn up to $52,000 per annum in alberta is approx. 23.14%.

Average cost of 2 bedroom apartment in Calgary is $945/month

3. Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is one of the 3 prairie provinces. Its majorly prairie to the south and boreal to the north, so the population of the province is dense in the south leaving the north sparsely populated.
Saskatchewan has very severe winters in the north and very warm summers in the south.
The 2016 estimated population of Saskatchewan is 1.1million. Its largest city is Saskatoon and its capital city is Regina.
The major industries in Saskatchewan is
1. Agriculture
2. Mining
3. Energy

4. Manitoba

This Canadian province has one of the strongest,  stable and most diverse economy in the country. Manitoba is one of the 3 prairie provinces of Canada (the other 2 being Alberta and Saskatchewan). This province is bordered to the east by Ontario and to the West by Saskatchewan.

It is one of the cheapest or most affordable places to live in Canada.

Income tax in Manitoba is a modest 10% of the 1st $31,000cad and 17.4% on incomes exceeding $67,000cad. Childcare costs in this province is also one of the cheapest in the country.

Polulation of manitoba is approx. 1.3m. The capital and largest city is Winnipeg.

 

5. Ontario

This province is east central province of Canada. It is the second largest province after quebec. Ontario covers an area approx. 1 million square kilometers (an area bigger than france and spain combined). It is vibrantly multicultural, has diverse industry ranging from agriculture, automobile manufacturing, mining, manufacturing, forestry etc.

Ontario has at least 250,000 lakes. Niagara falls in found in ontario…remember the scene from the 1990 superman movie where clark rescues a boy who fell into this very beautiful looking water fall…yes…that was Niagara falls….and its located in Ontario.

Ontario is the seat of power of Canada. Population of ontario is approx. 14.5million people..this makes it the most populous province of Canada. The capital city is Toronto with populatiom of approx. 8million people.

Average income tax

Cost of 2 bedroom apartment

Average cost of childcare for children under 4 is $677

6. Quebec

This province is predominantly french speaking. Its known for its rich history, cobblestone streets and European architecture, it is a little piece of Europe in Canada. It is the biggest province in Canada by land area. The population is approx. 8Million. The capital city is Montreal.

It has a diverse economy, one of its biggest assets is its water resources: there are more than 1million lakes and rivers in Quebec, including  st lawrence river, one of the longest rivers in the world. It flows approx. 1,200 kilometers through the province.

Income tax in Quebec is 15% for income equal to or less than $43,950.

Average childcare cost for children under 4 is $152

7. Newfoundland and Labrador

8. New Brunswick
9.Nova Scotia
10.Prince Edward Island

The territories of Canada:
1.Yukon
2.North west territories
3. Nunavut

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