Yeah, if you come here as a “temporary resident” you don’t necessarily need IELTS:
- You do not need IELTS to come to Canada as a tourist.
- If you get a job offer from a Canadian employer and they don’t require IELTS, you can apply for a work permit (and an LMIA) and come here.
- Some schools don’t require IELTS and you can get accepted and come here on a study permit.
In the latter two cases you can work in Canada for a year in a skilled occupation (after you graduate, if applicable) and then apply for PR that way. (At this point you will have to demonstrate your language ability, though, if you came here as a worker.)