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If you are an International skilled francophone worker in the managerial, professional and technical/skilled trades occupations who wish to be considered for this stream?
Carefully follow the Eligibility Guide criteria options listed below.
Mobilité Francophone Eligibility Guide
Are you a skilled francophone worker?
The Mobilité Francophone stream opened June 1st, 2016 and will allow Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits for francophone workers in the managerial, professional and technical/skilled trades occupations.
If you are a national of a French-speaking country coming to Canada and wish to be eligible for a facilitated work permit under the new Mobilité francophone stream, you must:
- participate or register with a Canadian Immigration Information Session/Promotional Event, either in person or through an online webinar; or have been in communication with IRCC (Embassy, Visa Advisor, Employer Liaison Network) Refer to this complete list of Information Sessions/Events.
- will live and work outside of Quebec;
- use French on a daily basis. The Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) can be required, Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level 7 or higher.
- will occupy a position corresponding to a skill level 0, A, OR B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
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Mobilité francophone: LMIA exemption for French-speaking temporary workers outside Quebec
Since June 1st, temporary work permit applications may be submitted in the new Mobilité francophone stream of the International Mobility Program. Mobilité francophone is designed to facilitate procedures for French-speaking candidates whose workplace will be in any province or territory outside of Quebec. In order to participate, a job offer is required in a managerial, professional or technical/skilled trade occupation, that is in National Occupational Classification (NOC) levels 0 (managerial), A (professional) or B (technical). The employer does not need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The other criteria to note is that the recruitment should be through a promotional event linked to the Embassy of Canada.
The Canadian employer must submit an offer of employment through the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Employer Portal. In the portal, the employer shares information about the business, the candidate and the job. For an LMIA exempt offer, the LMIA exemption title (Mobilité francophone) and the LMIA exemption code (C16) must be entered. The employer must also pay the 230$ Employer compliance fees. The employer will receive an offer of employment number which he must transmit to the candidate. With the offer of employment number, the candidate will be able to complete an application for a work permit.
- In reply to the question “How long are you planning to stay in Canada ?“ the candidate should select “Temporarily – less than six months“ or “Temporarily – more than six months“. Concerning the type of permit, the candidate should select “A work permit with a Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption“.
- Even if the candidate is in Canada, he must complete an Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada [IMM 1295] and indicate as country of residence his country of usual residence, not Canada, in order to obtain the correct document checklist.
- Persons currently working in Canada under an LMIA-exemption for Francophones may apply for an extension of the work permit.
If the offer of employment is for 6 months or more, an application for an open work permit may be submitted at the same time for the candidate’s spouse or common-law partner. Dependent children may also apply to accompany and study in Canada.
Mobilité francophone work permit applications may be submitted on-line or in paper format via a Visa Application Centre (VAC). Processing times are indicated on the IRCC website.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will examine the application and inform the candidate of the decision. If the decision is positive, the candidate will receive a Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction via his MyCIC account if the application is submitted on-line or by email if the application is submitted via a VAC. The candidate must show this letter to officials when arriving in Canada to get the work permit. If the candidate is in Canada when he received the Letter of Introduction he must leave Canada and re-enter in order to present the Letter of Introduction at a port of entry. For visa-exempt candidates, an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will be issued at the same time as the Letter of Introduction.
Officers may issue an LMIA-exempt work permit that is valid for the duration of the offer of employment or until the expiry of the passport/travel document, whichever is earlier.
Candidates wishing to establish in Canada for a longer period are encouraged to apply for permanent residence as soon as they are eligible.
For more information about Mobilité francophone:
- Information sessions and webconferences for candidates:
- Information sessions and webconferences for employers:
Tour of Ontario and the Atlantic provinces (calendar in French, sessions bilingual English and French):
- Webconferences June 21st in French at 10:00 am (EDT) and in English at 11:00 am (EDT)
Registration by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including name, title and company with EMPLOYER WEBCONFERENCE as subject;
Attracting skilled francophone workers to Canada and encouraging them to settle in communities outside of Quebec is the goal of a new International Mobility Program stream that will launch June 1st 2016.
“We want francophone minority communities in Canada to continue to be vibrant and growing,” Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum said today.
“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.”
Starting June 1, 2016, the Mobilité Francophone stream will exempt employers from the Labour Market Impact Assessment process when they hire francophone workers in managerial, professional and technical/skilled trades occupations from abroad to work in francophone minority communities outside of Quebec.
“Canada’s diversity is enriched by our francophone minority communities all across the country,” said Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.“We want to see these communities flourish across Canada and immigration is strategic to preserving their vitality and prosperity.”
- 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 Program have ensured that it meets the objective of allowing temporary workers to come to Canada when they advance our economic and cultural interests.