As of June 1, 2016, employers hiring French-speaking or bilingual skilled workers to work in communities outside of Quebec may qualify for an exemption from a Labour market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

When the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada created the program, one of the requirements was that the foreign national had “been recruited through a francophone immigration promotional event coordinated between the federal government and francophone-minority communities”.  This requirement has since been removed as options to hire French-speaking of bilingual candidates are:

  • Contact the Canadian Visa Office in Paris to recruit foreign candidates
  • Participate in Destination Canada job fairs
  • Make a job offer to an Express Entry candidate

The requirement has been removed since the employer simply had to upload a job offer to the Canadian Visa Office in Paris, regardless whether any action resulted from the offer.

In order to qualify, the foreign national will:

  • Live and work in a Francophone community outside Quebec,
  • Use French on a daily basis, and
  • Work in a job at a National Occupation Code (NOC) skill level of 0, A or B.

The employer simply must submit an offer of employment to the IRCC, pay the $230 compliance fee and provide the offer of employment number to the foreign national.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.