November 8, 2018 – Canada’s federal government will accept results of the Test de connaissance de francais (TCF) for economic immigrants from December 2018.
The TCF test is developed by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques, a French government organization.
TCF will become the second French-language test accepted by the Canadian federal government, after the Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF).
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The new designated tester joins the existing Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de région Paris Île-de-France, which administers the TEF.
Both tests are alligned with the Niveaux de competence linguitique canadiens (NCLC) French language standards.
Meanwhile, there are two designated tests for English language:
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program or CELPIP, administered by Paragon Testing Enterprises, and
- International English Language Testing System or IELTS , administered by Cambridge Assessment English.
Canada’s economic immigration is managed through the Express Entry System, for programs including Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and the Canadian Experience Class.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made the announcement along with several others designed to improve and grow services for Francophone immigrants.
Other measures include:
- An $11 million, five-year partnership with Ontario French language college La Cité to provide pre-arrival services for Francophones.
- Designation of four regional partners to provide province-specific information :
- Actions interculturelles de développement et d’éducation;
- Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse;
- Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique;
- Société de la francophonie manitobaine.
- Centre francophone de Toronto to provide services to French-speaker newcomers arriving at Pearson Airport from March 2019. The airport receives 2,500 Francophone newcomers each year.
- On November 19, IRCC will launch an expression of interest process seeking an organization to deliver official language training for French-speaking immigrants and allophone newcomers who have declared French as their official language of preference, in Francophone minority communities.
Hussen said: “From pre-arrival to citizenship, ensuring the successful integration and retention of French-speaking immigrants will help them thrive economically, culturally and socially and will help to grow both our economy and our country.”
Canada’s federal government is to spend $36.6 million over the next five years on a Francophone Integration Pathway, creating ties between French-speaking newcomers and Francophone minority communities.
Ongoing Effort to Boost Francophone Immigration Outside Quebec
These latest initiatives are part of an ongoing federal government push to increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec.
As of June 1, 2016, the federal government launched a specific stream for francophone temporary workers under the International Mobility Program.
It means that all French-speaking skilled workers can get a Canada work permit without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
The aim is that francophones will be able to get the Canadian experience they need to qualify for permanent residence under one of the economic immigration programs.
Express Entry For Francophones
As of June 5, 2017, Express Entry changes saw more points for those with a high level of French.
Candidates score 15 additional points for a level 7 in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the Niveu de Competence Liguistique Canadiens (NLC) combined with an English score of 4 or below in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).
Those points will rise to 30 if the French level 7 is combined with an English level 5 or above.
The extra points are in addition to the existing language points. Up to 136 points can be awarded for a candidate’s first official language, and 24 points for the second.
French-Speaking Immigration In The Provinces
Ontario has placed itself at the forefront of Francophone immigration outside Quebec, running the targeted French Speaking Skilled Worker stream as part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
Weekly draws through the FSSW stream have seen 1,383 candidates invited to apply in 2018.
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