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Immigration Support for French Speakers

Canada revealed earlier this year that the Action Plan for Official Languages: Participating in our Future program has been given a whopping $40.8 million in financing. Of this budget, $12.6 million was used to develop an initiative, referred to as the Francophone Immigration Policy, to be applied over a period of three years. It seeks to develop services and events to help and incorporate immigrants from the French-speaking world who wish to immigrate to Canada. 

The Canadian Government is not only aiming to add to the country’s diversity but also to encourage the country’s official languages, especially in minority communities, with this comprehensive plan set in motion.  There are 14 Francophone Accepting Groups that come under the program:

 

  1. (Alberta) Calgary; 
  2. Prince George (Columbia Britannica); 
  3. River Area of the Seine (Manitoba); 
  4. (Saskatchewan) Moose Jaw and Gravelbourg; 
  5. (Ontario) Hawkesbury; 
  6. (Ontario) Hamilton; 
  7. (Newfoundland and Labrador) Labrador City-Wabush; 
  8. (Ontario) Sudbury; 
  9. Clare (Nova Scotia) Municipality; 
  10. (New Brunswick) Haut-Saint-Jean; 
  11. (Yukon) Whitehorse; 
  12. Area Évangeline (Prince Edward Island); 
  13. Iqaluit (Nunavut)
  14. Yellowknife (Territories to the Northwest);  

 

How do French-speaking nationals profit from the Francophone Immigration Strategy? 

A collective solution, working with federal, regional, territorial, and municipal partners, the Francophone Immigration Plan is a testament to the commitment of Ahmed Hussein, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, to supporting the labor and community needs of Canada. 4.5 percent of applicants who have been invited to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry Scheme have been French-speakers in the last 6 months. Compared to the 2017 year, which only saw 2.9 percent of invites released, this means a 1.6 percent raise. 

By 2023 year, the estimated goal is to increase Francophone immigration to 4.4% of French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec, while strengthening the potential of these populations. These major investments have already received an effusive response from French-speaking refugees and are actively searching for means of strengthening and extending their programs, such as the launch of the Francophone Integration Pathway, intended to provide immigrants nationally with settlement facilities. 

An approach to helping French-speaking applicants in their dreams of immigrating to Canada has been launched by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This approach offers a range of advantages specifically addressed to French-speaking nationals in the following ways:

 

  • Enhanced access to French testing 

Language proficiency assessments were assigned to a second French-language tester. This tester was expressly designated for immigrants who are applying to economic immigrant systems. 

This not only aims to make these assessments more affordable but also more available.

 

  • Additional Points Provides Express Entry System 

Extra points are awarded to those with high French- and English-language talents, which almost inevitably guarantees success in the application process.

 

  • Public Resources’ usability 

In order to enhance the sustainability and retention of French-speaking nationals in these areas, public services have been given in French in different industries. 

Entry to settlement facilities helps strengthen social cohesion and establish long-lasting bonds with their culture.

 

  • Temporary residents’ assistance 

The Mobilité Francophone stream was introduced in June 2016, enabling French-speaking foreign nationals to find jobs, including international students and temporary staff, and to obtain the requisite job experience to apply for permanent residency.

 

  • Studies in French 

In some of the most prestigious universities in Canada, French-speaking nationals have the additional advantage of having a world-class degree in French.

 

  • Increased involvement by employers 

Newcomers who are fluent in both official languages are more likely than other immigrants to find jobs, earn a higher wage, and have higher earnings growth potential. 

In order to support employers involved in hiring French-speaking professional employees, the government has also made a deliberate attempt to develop information facilities. More job opportunities have been made open to these immigrants by encouraging employers to manage the immigration system.

 

  • Programs intended especially for French-speakers 

Any Regional Candidate Services (PNPs) have categories expressly tailored for nationals of the French-speaking population. 

The Ontario Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, for example, which comes under the Ontario Immigrant Candidate Program (OINP), offers the ability to apply for jobs and citizenship in the province to French-speaking immigrants with good English language skills.

 

  • Diversity and Inclusiveness promotion 

A variety of pilot projects in favor of the resilience of the Francophone and Acadian populations outside Quebec have been initiated. 

These campaigns help to incorporate refugees into their cultures effectively.

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