Canada to welcome more French-speaking skilled immigrants with new changes to Express Entry
March 31, 2017—Moncton, NB – Canadians are building a world-leading innovation economy. One way to do this is by making improvements to Express Entry—Canada’s flagship skilled-worker immigration application management system.
Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy.
Starting on June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to candidates who have strong French language skills. These additional points represent an important change that will contribute to the growth, vitality and prosperity of Francophone minority communities across Canada.
Other changes to the Express Entry system planned for June include points for candidates with siblings in Canada and voluntary registration with Job Bank.
Increasing Francophone immigration and growing Francophone communities across Canada remains a priority for the Government of Canada says Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
“Canada’s greatest strength is its skilled, hard-working, creative, and diverse workforce. I am pleased that with my announcement today, Canada will welcome more French speakers and others with skills and experience that will help our economy and communities grow”.