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MUMBAI: In a bid to bolster national identity and spur economic growth, Canada has ramped up its efforts to attract French-speaking skilled workers. bec. The move aims to address labor shortages while ensuring the sustainability and economic development of Francophone minority communities.
Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) recently announced the commencement of the 2024 Express Entry rounds, effective this month. These rounds are tailored to invite prospective candidates with category-specific work experience or a strong command of the French language to apply for permanent residence.
This category-based selection initiative is designed to welcome more in-demand professionals to communities across the nation. By streamlining Canada’s selection of economic immigrants, the country aims to lay the foundation for long-term economic and social prosperity.
In November of last year, IRCC unveiled ambitious targets for Francophone immigrant admissions outside Quebec. These targets represent 6% of total immigration in 2024, 7% in 2025, and 8% in 2026, contributing to the Government of Canada’s broader objective of welcoming 485,000 permanent residents in 2024 and reaching 500,000 by 2025. The Canadian government plans to stabilize permanent resident levels at 500,000 starting in 2026, allowing for successful integration while continuing to meet labor market demands.
In January 2024, the government announced the implementation of the new Policy on Francophone Immigration and its accompanying plan. These initiatives are poised to facilitate tangible and innovative actions aimed at bolstering the demographic weight of Francophone minority communities while promoting their economic development.
A pivotal aspect of the Policy on Francophone Immigration’s Implementation Plan is the special emphasis on candidates with strong French language proficiency in the Express Entry system. This underscores the Government of Canada’s commitment to bolstering the economic vitality of Francophone communities outside Quebec, states an IRCC press release.





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