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Mobilité Francophone Stream

 April 2016

Mobilité Francophone Stream

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), recently announced that it is launching a new work permit option called the Mobilité Francophone Stream under the International Mobility Program.

Starting June 1, 2016 the Mobilité Francophone Stream will exempt employers from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process when they hire francophone workers in managerial, professional and technical/skilled trade occupations from abroad and they hire such workers to work in francophone minority communities outside of Quebec.

The goal of the Mobilité Francophone Stream is to attract skilled francophone workers to Canada and to encourage them to settle in francophone minority communities outside of Quebec.  The goal of IRCC is to have francophone newcomers make up at least 4% of all economic immigrants settling outside of Quebec by 2018.  By implementing the Mobilité Francophone Stream, employers will have increased access to French speaking foreign workers.

In the news release which announced the launch of the Mobilité Francophone Stream, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum made clear that IRCC will encourage workers who enter Canada through the Mobilité Francophone Stream to apply for permanent residence.

CIC discontinued a similar program, the Francophone Significant Benefit Program, on September 30th, 2014.  Like the Mobilité Francophone Stream, the French Significant Benefit Program facilitated the hiring of French-speaking temporary foreign workers by employers in communities outside of Quebec without a LMIA.

“Canada’s diversity is enriched by our francophone minority communities all across the country,” said Canadian heritage Minister Melanie Joly.  “We want to see these communities flourish across Canada and immigration is strategic to preserving their vitality and prosperity.”

The goal of IRCC is to have francophone newcomers make up at least 4% of all economic immigrants settling outside of Quebec by 2018.  The overall target for francophone immigration outside Quebec is 4.4% by 2023.  Since 2014, reforms to the International Mobility Program have ensured that it meets the objective of allowing temporary workers to come to Canada when they advance our economic and cultural interests.

IRCC has not yet publicly released full details regarding the Mobilité Francophone Stream.

I will provide updated articles in the future once additional details are released.

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