A new International Mobility Program will launch in June 2016 and aims to attract skilled francophone workers to Canada while encouraging them to settle in francophone minority communities outside of Quebec.

From June 1, 2016, the Mobilité Francophone stream will exempt employers from the Labour Market Impact Assessment process when they hire francophone workers in managerial, professional and technical/skilled trades’ occupations.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada aims to have francophone newcomers make up at least 4% of all economic immigrants settling outside of Quebec by 2018.

Immigration Minister John McCallum added, “We’re going to encourage skilled francophone workers to apply for permanent residence if they would like to stay.”

“Canada’s diversity is enriched by our francophone minority communities all across the country,”said Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. “We want to see these communities flourish across Canada and immigration is strategic to preserving their vitality and prosperity.”