English and French in Manitoba

Strong communication skills in English and/or French are essential to the success of newcomers to Manitoba.

Canada has two official languages: English and French. Of the two official languages, English is the most widely spoken in Manitoba. There are some communities in which French is also a frequent language of choice.  Across Manitoba, many public services can be accessed in both official languages.

A strong command of English will help you work and settle in your new community.



Before you move to Manitoba

Think realistically about what level your skills are in English.

Sometimes newcomers overestimate their English proficiency or underestimate how long it will take to perfect their language after they arrive.

The CLB-OSA is an online tool available to help you self-assess your language proficiency. The site also provides information on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), a frequently used method of describing language proficiency in Canada.

Use as many opportunities available to you to improve your English before you arrive in Manitoba.

  • Start reading about Manitoba and practicing your English with resources on English Online’s Live and Learn
  • Listen to Canadian radio and television online and watch English movies. CBC is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Practice your English as much as possible by talking to English speakers or taking English classes.

After you arrive in Manitoba

There are many opportunities to study and practice English and French once you are living in Manitoba. To find out about possible language learning opportunities go to a settlement agency near you.