Canadian government aims to attract more French speaking professionals

by Ray Clancy on March 21, 2016

A new programme aimed at attracting skilled francophone workers to Canada and encouraging them to settle in communities outside of Quebec has been announced.

The International Mobility Programme stream will start on the first day of June and it is hoped that those taking part will want to settle permanently in Canada.

“We want francophone minority communities in Canada to continue to be vibrant and growing,” said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum.

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“That’s why we’re going to encourage skilled francophone workers to come to Canada and settle in communities outside of Quebec, and we’re going to encourage them to apply for permanent residence if they would like to stay,” he added.

The programme will exempt employers from the Labour Market Impact Assessment process when they hire francophone workers in managerial, professional and technical/skilled trade’s occupations from abroad to work in francophone minority communities outside of Quebec.

The goal of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is to have francophone newcomers make up at least 4% of all economic immigrants settling outside of Quebec by 2018.

The overall target for francophone immigration outside Quebec is 4.4% by 2023. Since 2014, reforms to the International Mobility Programme have ensured that it meets the objective of allowing temporary workers to come to Canada when they advance our economic and cultural interests, according to officials.

“Canada’s diversity is enriched by our francophone minority communities all across the country. We want to see these communities flourish across Canada and immigration is strategic to preserving their vitality and prosperity,” said Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.

Meanwhile Joly has revealed plans for the 150th anniversary of Confederation next year. These include plans to promote and celebrate the Canadian identity, ethnic, linguistic, cultural and regional diversity and the country’s rich history and heritage.

Events will be aimed at creating opportunities for Canadians to participate and celebrate their shared values, Canadian identity, achievements, and the country’s place in the world.

The main themes of the Government of Canada’s vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with indigenous people and promoting youth.

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