13 Reasons Why You Should Immigrate to Canada
Apr 16, 2021
NOV 13, 2020
NICKY VAN ZYL
Recent changes to Canada’s Express Entry immigration system will increase French-speaking candidates’ chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and immigrating to Canada. Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system. This follows shortly after the equally as exciting news that Canada plans to welcome 400, 000 newcomers each year for the next 3 years. Learn more about how you can be one of more than 1-million new residents of Canada by 2023.
A few more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points can make all the difference in receiving an ITA or staying in the Express Entry pool of candidates. French-speaking candidates will now receive 25 additional points for their French language skills, up from 15. Bilingual candidates will now get 50 points, compared to 30 from before. The change will help Canada reach its intake of 4.4% of French-speaking immigrants outside of Quebec, up from 2.82% in previous years. In light of National Francophone Immigration Week, Canada’s Immigration Minister tweeted his support for the initiative and welcomed French speakers across the world to apply to immigrate to Canada.
More than 60,000 French-speaking immigrants from countries such as Belgium, Senegal, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, and Switzerland came to Canada between 2003 and 2019. Canada is a bilingual country with English and French being its two official languages. About 7.2 million Canadians speak French out of a population of 37 million. With the help of the new immigration targets, the country aims to improve the French minority communities outside of Quebec by preserving the culture and increasing economic growth.
#NationalFrancophoneImmigrationWeek highlights Canada’s efforts to welcome and help settle French-speaking newcomers outside of Quebec. I support this initiative and commend its participants for celebrating Canada’s diversity and openness. pic.twitter.com/V1iylcQJU4— Marco Mendicino (@marcomendicino) November 2, 2020
|Express Entry Program||Minimum Requirements|
|The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)||Skilled foreign workers with at least 1-year of work experience in NOC A, O, or B. Minimum of secondary education (high-school). CLB level 7 for all language abilities in French or English or both.|
|The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)||Skilled foreign workers with at least 2-years of work experience in NOC B. Valid job offer OR a certificate of qualification in your trade issued by a Canadian authority. CLB level 5 for speaking and listening and CLB level 4 for reading and writing in either French or English or both.|
|The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)||Skilled foreign workers with at least 1-year of Canadian work experience in NOC A, O, or B. Minimum of secondary education (high-school). CLB level 7 for all language abilities in French or English or both.|