Canada continues efforts to welcome French-speaking skilled newcomers

February 9, 2024—Ottawa—Francophone immigration plays a crucial role in strengthening our national identity, while also growing the economy and addressing labour shortages. That’s why Canada is increasing its efforts to welcome French-speaking skilled workers outside Quebec to ensure the sustainability and economic development of Francophone minority communities.

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that, as of this month, 2024 Express Entry rounds have begun. They invite prospective candidates with category-specific work experience or a strong French language proficiency to apply for permanent residence.

The category-based selection initiative allows Canada to welcome more in-demand professionals to communities across the country. Our continued efforts to streamline Canada’s selection of economic immigrants will help build the nation’s economic and social prosperity for years to come.

Last November, IRCC announced ambitious, realistic and achievable targets for Francophone immigrant admissions outside Quebec, representing 6% of total immigration in 2024, 7% in 2025 and 8% in 2026. Additionally, in January 2024, we announced multiple measures, such as the new Policy on Francophone Immigration and its Implementation Plan, which will pave the way for tangible and innovative actions that will enable progress towards restoring and increasing the demographic weight of Francophone minority communities. This new policy promotes the vitality and economic development of Francophone minority communities.

A key component of the Policy on Francophone Immigration’s Implementation Plan involves placing a special focus on candidates with a strong French language proficiency in Express Entry. This reaffirms the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting and fostering the economic vitality of Francophone communities outside Quebec.

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