Hire French-speaking or bilingual workers outside Quebec

As of June 1, 2016, employers who want to hire French-speaking or bilingual skilled workers to work in communities outside Quebec may be exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Read about the changes and how to submit an offer of employment.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has options to make it easier for employers to hire French-speaking or bilingual workers outside Quebec. Hiring a French-speaking 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.

For example you can:

If you are hiring temporary workers who do not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), you 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 if you do not need one.

Options to hire French-speaking or bilingual Candidates

Contact the Canadian Visa Office in Paris to recruit foreign candidates

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:

  • 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. These local government services can help you find candidates and support you through the recruitment process, free of charge.

Through these services, you can recruit candidates from a number of countries, including France, Belgium, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mauritius, Mexico and more.

These services are available year-round and free of charge 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 and Brussels. 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 and/or permanent residence application process.
  • You can post positions even if you are unable to attend the job fair in person.

For more information or to register, visit Destination Canada.

Make a job offer to an Express Entry candidate

Note: We have made some changes to Express Entry, including the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points awarded for valid job offers, changing the time period for a valid job offer from permanent to one year and giving LMIA exemptions for certain jobs. Find out more about these changes.

Express Entry is a system used to manage applications for:

Find out more about the Express Entry system.

Consider using Express Entry candidates if you can't fill your labour market needs with a Canadian or permanent resident.

You can make a job offer to an Express Entry candidate, supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), if needed. Then, they are awarded additional CRS points for their job offer. A job offer increases their chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence when the applicants from the Express Entry pool are invited to apply.

Through Express Entry, we process the majority of complete applications (those that include all supporting documents) in six months or less.

Job Bank has introduced a matching function to connect eligible employers with Express Entry candidates. This will help you find qualified French-speaking or bilingual candidates.


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