Hire French-speaking or bilingual workers outside Quebec

New: Starting June 1, 2016, French-speaking or bilingual skilled workers who intend to work in a communities outside Quebec may be exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Read about the changes.

As of October 26, 2015, employers hiring temporary workers who do not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) must submit offers of employment through the Employer Portal. Find out if you need to get an LMIA and how to submit an offer of employment to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada if an LMIA is not required.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is offering options for employers to hire skilled French-speaking or bilingual workers in communities outside Quebec. This will help contribute to the vitality, development and prosperity of Francophone minority communities in Canada.

Hiring a Francophone or a bilingual candidate could provide you with a number of advantages. For instance, being able to serve clients in both official languages could help you tap into new markets. You could also benefit from new international networks or adopt new ways of doing business.

Here are some options to hire a Francophone candidate.

Contact the Canadian Visa Office to recruit a candidate who is abroad or already in Canada

If you have a job opening and would like to recruit a foreign worker temporarily or permanently from a Francophone country, you can send your job offer to our visa office in Paris. Include detailed information such as the job title, duties, expected start and end dates, salary and benefits.

Many countries have public employment services that specialize in international recruitment to help their citizens find work abroad. Our staff at the visa office can refer you to the services that will best meet your needs and provide you with assistance for your recruiting process, free of charge.

These services are offered by our visa office year-round to all Canadian employers with job offers outside Quebec.

Participate in Destination Canada Job Fairs

Destination Canada is an annual job fair organized by the Government of Canada in Paris, Brussels and Tunis. It connects Canadian employers with skilled Francophone candidates in a variety of fields, such as hospitality, translation, information technology, multimedia, engineering, education, health care, agriculture, transportation, etc. To participate, employers must have job offers outside Quebec.

  • All candidates are pre-screened to ensure they are qualified and that they match the employers’ needs and job offers.
  • Staff from the local Canadian Embassies will guide your candidate(s) through the work permit application process.
  • You can post positions even if you are unable to attend the job fair in person.

The Destination Canada Job Fairs take place in November.

For more information or to register, visit Destination Canada.

Make a job offer to an Express Entry candidate

Express Entry is Canada’s new system for managing applications in a number of existing economic immigration programs:

Find out more about the Express Entry system.

As a Canadian employer, you can consider making a job offer to an Express Entry candidate if you have been unable to fill your labour market needs with a Canadian or permanent resident.

Candidates who have a valid job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment will be given additional points in Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System. These additional points will ensure that your candidate will get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in the next eligible Express Entry round.

Through Express Entry, most applications for permanent residence will be processed in six months or less once a complete application (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) for permanent residence is received by CIC.

Later in 2015, Job Bank will introduce a matching function to connect eligible employers with Express Entry candidates. This will help you find qualified Francophone or bilingual candidates.

If you are looking to hire foreign workers, you can hire through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or through the International Mobility Program. Should they wish to become permanent residents, foreign workers will be able to use our online tool, Come to Canada, to see if they meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool.

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