In order to apply for a start-up visa, you must show that you have reached Canadian Language Benchmark 5 in listening, reading, writing and speaking – But what does that mean?

To prove your language skills, you must take a language test given by an agency that is approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and then simply include the results with your application.

  • You must arrange for testing by an approved agency. You’ll have to pay the costs.
  • Include the copies of your test results with your immigration application(note: if you don’t include this, your application won’t be processed).
  • DO NOT ask for your language test result to be sent to the Centralized Intake Office. You simply submit your original test along with your application.


You can use the charts located here to know exactly what Canadian Language Benchmark level you have based on your test results. You then use the test results as proof of your language proficiency.

You can use language test results for 2 years from the time you take the test.

For more details on the language proficiency needed for the Startup Visa, visit the Government of Canada website 


Apply for the Canada Startup Visa Program on our website here:



About Empowered Startups

Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, and Portugal, we train/mentor/ and network entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry we also conceive, build and launch our own products and solutions.

Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Empowered Startups mentors, accelerates, and incubates innovative domestic and global business ideas. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs.

Notable EdTech products under the Empowered Startups Umbrella: Young Empowered Startuppers (YES) – A fully integrated e-learning platform for high schools that guides teachers and students on an innovative entrepreneurial journey starting with an idea and ending with a viable and pitch ready venture, and Empowered Nations – providing specialized entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and tools through an Indigenous lens. Tp apply for any of our programs visit