On June 1, 2016, the Mobilité Francophone stream under
the International Mobility Program began accepting applications.
Employers looking to hire French-speaking skilled temporary foreign
workers in francophone communities outside of Quebec are exempt
from having to obtain Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs)
under this stream. The purpose of the program is to encourage the
hiring of francophone foreign workers in francophone communities
outside Quebec, strengthening and supporting the social and
cultural fabric of Canadian society while respecting the federal,
bilingual and multicultural character of Canada.
A Welcome Return
Mobilité Francophone is a return to the Significant
Benefit – French stream that the previous government had
cancelled in 2014. The key reason why this return benefits both
employers and employees is that it eliminates the requirement for
an LMIA, making it easier and quicker for employers to hire
French-speaking skilled temporary foreign workers. An LMIA is a
document from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
serving as proof that there will be a positive or neutral impact to
the Canadian labour market if an employer hires a foreign worker.
Most employers are required to (subject to limited exceptions)
obtain a positive LMIA in order to hire a temporary foreign worker,
but the process to get one is costly, lengthy, and
headache-inducing with high rejection rates.1
To qualify for the program, the foreign worker must:
be recruited through a Francophone
immigration promotional event coordinated between the federal
government and Francophone minority communities;
work in a province or territory
outside of Quebec;
qualify under a National Occupational
Classification 0, A or B (this includes management, professional,
and technical jobs, as well as skilled trades); and
either speak French as the habitual
language of daily use, or speak at an advanced intermediate or
higher level of French.
Note that the job offer itself does not have to require French
language abilities. If an immigration officer is not satisfied that
the temporary foreign worker's habitual language of daily use
is French, the officer can request an interview with the individual
or require evidence that the foreign worker is at an advanced
intermediate or higher level of French, such as obtaining a
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) of level 7 or higher in the Test d'Évaluation de Français
pour le Canada (TEF Canada).
To apply, the employer must first submit an offer of employment
through the online Employer Portal and pay the $230 compliance
fee, as is the case with all other International Mobility Program
applications. Then the employee can apply for a work permit using
the offer of employment number and proof of payment of the
We invite you to contact the authors to learn more about the
Mobilité Francophone stream or if you have any other
1. Note however that an LMIA does have its advantages,
which includes most importantly, the 600 points it adds to an
individual's Express Entry application for permanent residence.
If an employer wants to support a foreign worker's permanent
residence application, an LMIA may be necessary to make sure the
worker's score is high enough to be invited to apply for
The foregoing provides only an overview and does not
constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any
decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal
advice should be obtained.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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