Canada seeks French-speaking immigrants for provinces outside Quebec
October 28, 2020
Canada is seeking to attract more French-speaking immigrants to Francophone communities outside Quebec province. This will help contribute to the vitality, development and prosperity of Francophone minority communities in Canada. French is one of Canada’s two official languages (English being the other). While most French-speaking Canadians live in Quebec province, many live in other provinces or territories across Canada.
The size of Francophone communities (link opens in French only) in cities and towns outside Quebec varies. The working language in these communities is usually English.
There are many reasons for Canada French-speaking immigrants to choose to live in a Francophone community outside Quebec. You and your family will be able to:
benefit from French and English job opportunities
speak both French and English in your everyday life
enjoy community, health-care or daycare services in French
get support from your community to help you settle, and feel at home right from the start
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
If you want to immigrate permanently to a Francophone community in Canada, you can create your profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system. Express Entry is Canada’s system for managing applications in a number of economic immigration programs:
To create your profile, you will need to identify and prove your proficiency in one of Canada’s two official languages, French or English. Make sure that the first official language you choose is the one in which you are the strongest, so that you can increase your chances of earning higher points in Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System.
If you speak both of Canada’s official languages, you can also provide approved language test results in your second official language. Candidates can get additional points for their proficiency in their second official language.
You can also earn up to 50 additional points for strong French language skills (even if French is your second language). These are in addition to the points above.
If you score NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills, you can get
25 additional points if you scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or if you didn’t take an English test)
50 additional points if you scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills
On October 27, 2020, IRCC announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the federal Express Entry immigration system. The change will see the current number of points increase from 15 to 25 for French-speaking candidates and from 30 to 50 for bilingual candidates.