Temporary public policy to facilitate the granting of permanent residence for French-speaking foreign nationals in Canada, outside of Quebec, with recent Canadian work experience in essential occupations

Date Announced:

April 14, 2021

Active Period:

May 6, 2021 until November 5, 2021.


As a result of the pandemic, attention has been placed on the ongoing need to fill certain essential occupations. By granting permanent resident status to those with French language proficiency and experience in these occupations, Canada will be leveraging Francophone immigration outside of Quebec, to help stabilize this workforce both for pandemic recovery and into the future. In addition, these existing French-speaking temporary foreign workers have made a contribution to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic and in some cases face difficulty in qualifying and applying for permanent residence.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | Prospective immigrants | Temporary foreign workers


essential workers | French speaking

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