It just got easier for people who speak French to get a Canadian work permit.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada adjusted several laws and regulations recently to encourage French-speaking people to move to French communities outside Quebec. People with strong French language skills get extra points in Express Entry, the online system used to select immigrants who qualify for permanent residency because of their potential economic contribution to provinces other than Quebec. At the same time, the rules changed to make it much easier for employers to recruit French-speaking temporary workers.

The new rule gave employers special treatment if they recruited French-speaking temporary workers through government-sponsored employment fairs held overseas. Now employers will get special treatment for hiring French-speaking workers even if the temporary workers weren’t recruited through an employment fair overseas. The rule means that employers can hire a French-speaking worker without filing a Labour Market Impact Assessment, a complicated and costly document that shows why the employer can’t hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to do the job.

The rule is not directly relevant to international students currently in Canada, but may be used by recent graduates who have left the country and are considering a return to Canada. Working in a managerial, professional or skilled job in Canada is often the first step in obtaining permanent resident status.


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