More CRS points for Francophone or bilingual Express Entry candidates
It was announced on October 27, 2020 by the Canada’s immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino that French-speaking and bilingual Express Entry candidates are now eligible to receive additional CRS points.
The aim is to reach the target of 4.4% French-speaking immigrant admissions outside Quebec by 2023. Last amendment was in June 2017. IRCC awarded points to candidates with strong French language skills.
It should be pointed out that in 2019 the percentage of French-speaking immigrants admitted to Canada outside Quebec reached 2.82%, an increase from previous years. Canada has also seen increases in the proportion of French speakers invited to apply each year.
More than 60,000 French-speaking were admitted to Canada in provinces outside Quebec and during 2019 alone, a total of 8,465 candidates.
IRCC is investing $40.8 million over 5 years to support the consolidation of a Francophone integration pathway and horizontal policy development under the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future.
“Supporting the development of Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec is part of this government’s plan for economic growth and long-term prosperity throughout the country. It is also the right thing to do to help support Francophone communities right across Canada. We will continue to attract Francophone immigrants to make sure that Francophone minority communities flourish.”
– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship