Canada announces First-Ever Express Entry invitations for French-speaking newcomers

July 7, 2023—Ottawa—The French language is an integral part of the Canadian identity. It’s our shared responsibility to create a Canada where everyone can flourish in the official language of their choice. Given the importance of enhancing the vitality of French linguistic minority communities across the country, Canada’s Express Entry system is now tailored to provide a streamlined and efficient pathway for French-speaking immigrants. By prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers, Canada aims to support economic growth through Francophone immigration outside Quebec while recognizing this enriches and strengthens these communities.

On May 31, Minister Fraser announced new changes to Express Entry through category-based selection. These changes help address labour shortages that support an identified economic goal by inviting candidates with specific work experience or French language ability to apply for permanent residence.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Minister Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the first Francophone round for category-based selection. This focus on French-speaking newcomers will help promote the French language and address labour shortages in communities outside of Quebec.

Category-based selection signals Canada’s commitment to attracting top global talent and helping meet the need for French-speaking and bilingual workers to support the economy, while strengthening the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of the communities to which Francophone newcomers contribute. Alongside general invitation rounds, these category-based selection rounds will continue throughout the year, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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