Extra points in Express Entry to help increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, today announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system. Express Entry is an online system used to handle applications for permanent residence from proficient workers. This shift will help deliver on the government’s commitment to reach the goal of 4.4% French-speaking immigrant admissions out Quebec from 2023.

While French-speaking immigration to Canada outside of Quebec has been rising, recent data indicates that existing selection tools will not be enough to reach the 4.4% goal by 2023. Awarding additional points to applicants with strong French language skills via Express Entry could increase French-speaking immigrant admissions to the 4.4% target by 2023. Making progress towards attaining this target will be facilitated by an eventual easing of travel restrictions connected to the global pandemic.

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The shift announced today will see the present number of points increase from 15 to 25 for French-speaking candidates and from 30 to 50 for bilingual candidates. This includes after we originally awarded points in June 2017 to applicants with strong French language skills.

Quotes
“Supporting the development of Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec is a part of this government’s plan for economic growth and long-term prosperity around the nation. It is also the right thing to do to help encourage Francophone communities right across Canada. We’ll continue to attract Francophone immigrants to make sure that Francophone minority communities prosper.”

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Quick facts
1. In 2019, the proportion of French-speaking immigrants admitted to Canada outside Quebec attained 2.82%, an increase from previous years. We also have seen increases in the proportion of French speakers encouraged to apply each year. That proportion reached 5.6percent in 2019, up from 4.5% in 2018.

2. From 2003 to 2019, more than 60,000 French-speaking immigrants were admitted to Canada in communities outside Quebec, about 8,465 in 2019 alone. 

3. Beneath the Action Plan for Official Languages — 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future, IRCC is currently investing $40.8 million over 5 years to encourage the consolidation of a Francophone integration pathway and horizontal policy development.

4. Under the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec determines its own immigration levels.

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