What is the change? A work permit stream will be introduced for foreign nationals from French-speaking countries intending to work in Canada outside of Quebec. A similar program was discontinued in 2014.

What does the change mean? The Mobilité Francophone stream will not require a Labor Market Impact Assessment and will be suitable for individuals in managerial, professional and technical/skilled trade occupations, but other details have not been released.

  • Implementation time frame: June 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: LMIA-exempt work permits under the International Mobility Program.
  • Who is affected: Nationals of French-speaking countries coming to Canada to work in French-speaking communities outside of Quebec.
  • Business impact: The stream may provide a good option for companies hiring employees from French-speaking countries because it will not require a Labor Market Impact Assessment.   

Background: Canada is launching the Mobilité Francophone stream with the goal of expanding French-speaking immigration outside of Quebec to 4 percent of all economic immigrants in those areas by 2018.

BAL Analysis: Employers may benefit from the new program if they are hiring foreign employees from French-speaking countries to work in skilled jobs outside of Quebec. BAL will update clients when details about the eligibility criteria and other requirements become available.

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