الخميس، 29 سبتمبر، 2016

Ottawa federal program to promote Francophone immigration back

Ottawa back into place, starting today, a program that simplifies the process of hiring foreign workers francophones outside Quebec. It was abolished by the Conservatives two years ago.

The decision, in 2014, the program francophone significant advantage had also provoked strong criticism of Francophone minority communities.


The Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities (FCFA) had talked about a major setback, pointing out that the targets for francophone immigration were still far from being reached.

Ottawa wants newcomers French-speaking


Ottawa wants newcomers French-speaking account for 4.4% of all economic immigrants who settle outside Quebec. However, at present, this rate hovers more around 2%.

Effective today


The program, which is now called French Mobility is for skilled foreign workers who speak French and who are interested in working outside of Quebec.

Employers who want to hire them no longer have to prove that there is no available and qualified Canadian to occupy the coveted post.


French mobility: how does it work?


Canadian employers are in demand, and not foreign workers. Canadian employers must specify the name of the worker they intend embaucher.Le foreign worker then gets a temporaire.La duration of the work permit employment status is variable, depending on the duration of contratSi a foreign worker already living in Canada, it is also eligible for the program.

Eventually the workers selected for the new program could apply for permanent residence.

Moreover, contrary to what was observed with the old program, their Canadian work experience will give them more points if they want to become permanent residents.

It is a program designed to encourage French workers stay here and live here as permanent residents and possibly as citizens.

Arif Virani, MP for Parkdale-High Park, Parliamentary Secretary in Immigration


Strong demand for bilingual workers


Many employers see a good eye for the return of this federal program.

Finding qualified people who speak English and French in minority communities is often a challenge, says George Stratakos, recruiting bilingual workers.

In some Francophone communities, as in northern Ontario, the demand for French is very strong but, often, almost all qualified bilingual workers already employed.

George Stratakos, recruitment consultant, Drake International

The French organization is Passerelle in Toronto, had to let go of an employee when the program was abolished in 2014.

The employee was a temporary worker and the agency did not have the means to do the impact study on the labor market, then required the government to prove that no qualified Canadian to the post.

As many employers have said: '' We will not go through the impact on the labor market is very complex, very difficult and it cost us dearly. ''

Leonie Tchatat, founding president of Gateway-IDE

An absurd situation, according to the president of Gateway, Leonie Tchatat, while the federal government was seeking to increase the number of francophone immigrants.

Liberal MP Arif Virani did not specify the number of foreign workers that Ottawa hopes to recruit through the French Mobility program. However, he added that the return of the program should help to meet the target of 4.4% by 2023.
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