March 17, 2016
On March 17, 2016 the Government of Canada announced that it would like to attract more skilled francophone workers to settle in communities outside of Quebec. “We want francophone minority communities in Canada to continue to be vibrant and growing”, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum said today.
On June 1, 2016 a new International Mobility Program stream will open. 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 trades occupations from abroad to work in francophone minority communities outside of Quebec.
Canada sets goals for francophone immigrants to make up at least 4% of all economic immigrants settling outside of Quebec by 2018, with an overall target of 4.4% by 2023.