New Opportunities for French-Speaking Skilled Workers

Alert Date: March 18, 2016

Beginning June 1, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will introduce a new stream under the International Mobility Program aimed at strengthening the Canadian francophone community outside of Quebec. The new stream titled the Mobilité Francophone stream will attract skilled francophone workers to Canada to settle outside of Quebec.

The new stream creates an incentive for Canadian employers by exempting them from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process when they hire skilled francophone workers to work outside of Quebec.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum today announced that IRCC aims to have francophone newcomers make up at least 4% of all economic immigrants settling outside of Quebec by 2018.

Impact Statement

Skilled workers with French language skills who wish to live and work outside of Quebec will have an opportunity to obtain Canadian work permits through the new Mobilité Francophone stream. Likewise, employers outside of Quebec seeking French-speaking workers in managerial, professional and technical/ skilled trades positions will be able to more easily hire foreign skilled workers through the new LMIA-exempt stream.

For further details regarding the Mobilité Francophone stream, Canadian work permits, or any other immigration matters, please contact a member of our team.

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Janet L. Bomza

Partner, National Practice Leader - Immigration

Tel: +1 416 598 8849

Larry J. Linton

Partner, Canadian Immigration

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Melodie Molina

Partner, Canadian Immigration

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Mark C. Dey

Partner, US Immigration

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Monika Szabo

Partner, US Immigration

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Nadine Landry

Partner, Canadian Immigration

Tel: +1 514 205 5151

Sheila Snyder

Partner, US Immigration

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