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Canada needs French-speaking skilled workers and students



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Canada needs French-speaking skilled workers and students in order to boost economic recovery.

See also Top 5 programs to immigrate to Canada and guideline.

On April 14 2021, Canada launched three programs for French-speaking skilled workers. The plans target French speakers for permanent residents (PR) to boost Canada’s pandemic economic recovery.


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Canada believes that immigration will spur economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis.

See Canada to give PR to 90,000 essential workers and international graduates in 2021.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Francophone communities across Canada benefit from French-speaking and bilingual newcomers. Accordingly, these plans also contribute to the vitality of these communities.

French-speaking skilled workers and students PR pathways


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According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the programs target:

  • Temporary workers employed in hospitals and long-term care homes
  • Those on the frontlines of other essential sectors, as well as
  • International student graduates from Canadian designated learning institutions

“The pandemic has shone a bright light on the incredible contributions of newcomers. These new policies will help those with a temporary status to plan their future in Canada. Play a key role in our economic recovery and help us build back better. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are last. And we want you to stay.”

IRCC says the programs will help the government meet its goal of 401,000 new permanent residents this year.

Canada is committed to a new plan to increase immigration to more than 400,000 newcomers in 2021. Overall, the plan is to land up to 1.2 million by 2023.

IMPORTANT NOTE. These programs target French-speaking essential workers into other provinces and territories outside Quebec. They are not for French speakers who want to immigrate to Quebec.

French-speaking skilled workers in healthcare

Canada aims to attract unlimited number of French-speaking healthcare workers for PR. There are 40 eligible occupations including:

  • nurses
  • physicians
  • pharmacists
  • dietitians and
  • physiotherapists

The list also include social work-related occupations such as

  • social workers
  • social and community service workers, and
  • home support workers

See List of eligible healthcare occupations.

You need to have at least one year of eligible full-time work experience within the last three years. 

Candidates must have English or French language proficiency equal to or higher than Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 4 (CLB 4).

Veterinarians and veterinarian technicians are not eligible for this pathway. Self-employed workers are not eligible unless you are a medical doctor in a fee-for-service with a health authority.

French-speaking skilled workers in other essential occupations

Canada also aims to attract unlimited number of French-speaking workers in other essential occupations. There are 95 eligible occupations, including:

  • labourers
  • retail salespersons
  • cashiers
  • contractors
  • plumbers
  • general farm workers, and
  • construction workers

See List of eligible essential occupations.

You need to have at least one year of eligible full-time work experience within the last three years. 

Candidates must have English or French language proficiency equal to or higher than Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 4 (CLB 4).

French-speaking International student graduates

Canada aims to admit unlimited umber of French-speaking international student graduates for PR.

To be eligible, you must have graduated from a post-secondary Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Your graduation must be within the last four years, and no earlier than January 2017.

And as well candidates must:

  • have proficiency in English or French language
  • meet general admissibility requirements and,
  • be present, authorized to work and working in Canada at the time of their application

Learn more about the new programs eligibility criteria, documents and the application process. Check on IRCC site if you can apply.


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.