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New Temporary Policy for PR Visas for Francophones outside Quebec

Posted on 15/04/2021

French-speaking skilled workers already in Canada on a temporary work permit will now have an expedited path to permanent residence.

There are two main reasons for this, as announced by the Minister of Immigration:

  • Because the COVID pandemic has made it difficult to reach the ambitious immigration targets announced in November 2020, allowing francophone workers already in Canada to contribute to this will help Canada achieve their targets for immigration over the next few years.
  • Having more francophone workers in Canada outside the province of Quebec adds to Canada’s diverse cultural fabric and provides for more badly-needed French-language teachers outside the province of Quebec.

Here’s how it will work.

This will be a temporary program for permanent residence in Canada (that is if successful you will gain permanent resident status but the program is of limited length unlike standard permanent resident programs like Express Entry or Spousal Sponsorship). It will begin on May 6, 2021 and end on November 5, 2021.


Principal Applicants must:

  1. Completed at least 1 year (full-time or equivalent part-time – 1,560 hours in either case) of paid work in Canada during the 3 years previous to applying
  2. The work must have been in the following occupations:

I. Stream A: 1 year in the following occupations:

NOC                      Occupation

3011                       Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

3012                       Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

3111                       Specialist physicians

3112                       General practitioners and family physicians

3113                       Dentists

3121                       Optometrists

3122                       Chiropractors

3124                       Allied primary health practitioners

3125                       Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating

3131                       Pharmacists

3132                       Dietitians and nutritionists

3141                       Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

3142                       Physiotherapists

3143                       Occupational therapists

3144                       Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment

3211                       Medical laboratory technologists

3212                       Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

3214                       Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

3215                       Medical radiation technologists

3216                       Medical sonographers

3217                       Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.

3219                       Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)

3221                       Denturists

3222                       Dental hygienists and dental therapists

3223                       Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants

3231                       Opticians

3232                       Practitioners of natural healing

3233                       Licensed practical nurses

3234                       Paramedical occupations

3236                       Massage therapists

3237                       Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

3411                       Dental assistants

3413                       Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

3414                       Other assisting occupations in support of health services

4151                       Psychologists

4152                       Social workers

4153                       Family, marriage and other related counsellors

4165                       Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers

4212                       Social and community service workers

4412                       Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations


II: Stream B 1 year in the following occupations:


  1. Major Unit Groups
Major Unit Group NOC Code Occupation
66 – Sales support occupations 6611 Cashiers
6621 Service station attendants
6622 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
6623 Other sales related occupations


72- Industrial, electrical and construction trades 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades
7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232 Tool and die makers
7233 Sheet metal workers
7234 Boilermakers
7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
7236 Ironworkers
7237 Welders and related machine operators
7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242 Industrial electricians
7243 Power system electricians
7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
7251 Plumbers
7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
7253 Gas fitters
7271 Carpenters
7272 Cabinetmakers
7281 Bricklayers
7282 Concrete finishers
7283 Tilesetters
7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7291 Roofers and shinglers
7292 Glaziers
7293 Insulators
7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295 Floor covering installers
74 – Other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers 7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
7442 Waterworks and gas maintenance workers
7444 Pest controllers and fumigators
7445 Other repairers and servicers
7451 Longshore workers
7452 Material handlers
75 – Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations 7511 Transport truck drivers
7512 Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
7513 Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
7514 Delivery and courier service drivers
7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
7522 Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
7531 Railway yard and track maintenance workers
7532 Water transport deck and engine room crew
7533 Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
7534 Air transport ramp attendants
7535 Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers
76 – Trades helpers, construction labourers and related occupations 7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers
7612 Other trades helpers and labourers
7621 Public works and maintenance labourers
7622 Railway and motor transport labourers
86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers 8611 Harvesting labourers
8612 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
8614 Mine labourers
8615 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
8616 Logging and forestry labourers


  1. Minor Unit Groups
Minor Unit Group NOC Code Occupation
151 – Mail and message distribution occupations 1511 Mail, postal and related workers
1512 Letter carriers
1513 Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors
642 – Retail salesperson 6421 Retail salespersons
673 – Cleaners 6731 Light duty cleaners
6732 Specialized cleaners
6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
843 – Agriculture and horticulture workers 8431 General farm workers
8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers
844 – Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations 8441 Fishing vessel deckhands
8442 Trappers and hunters
946 – Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing 9461 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
9463 Fish and seafood plant workers
9465 Testers and graders, food and beverage processing


  1. Specific 4-digit unit groups
NOC Code Occupation
0821 Managers in agriculture
0822 Managers in horticulture
4031 French and French Immersion Secondary school teachers (language of instruction must be French
4032 French and French Immersion Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (language of instruction must be French)
4411 Home child care providers
4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6331 Retail butchers
6523 Airline ticket and service agents
6524 Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks
6541 Security guards and related security service occupations
6551 Customer services representatives – financial institutions
6552 Other customer and information services representatives
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
9617 Labourers in food and beverage processing
9618 Labourers in fish and seafood processing


Please note that you must obtain your work experience – which can be in 1 or more occupations – under the A Stream OR the B Stream. Furthermore:

  • If you apply with work experience gained under the A stream and you have worked in more than 1 of those jobs, you can combine 2 or more jobs under that stream but NONE from the B stream.
  • If you apply with work experience gained under the B stream, you can combine 1 job under the B stream with 1 job under the A stream.
  • In other words, if you are a healthcare worker, your work experience has to be exclusively in that area. If you are a worker in the categories in Stream B you can combine that type of work experience with certain occupations in the healthcare sector.

Continuing with Eligibility Requirements, the principal applicant also must:

  1. Be working (legally) IN ANY OCCUPATION in Canada at the time the application is submitted and received.
    • In other words, as long as you have a minimum of 1560 hours of full-time or accumulated part-time work in Stream A or Stream B occupations gained over the past 3 years, when you actually apply you do not have to be working in one of those occupations. You do, however, have to be employed when you apply.
  1. Have been paid for any work you have done – either in Stream A and B, or in your current occupation if it is not a Stream A or Stream B occupation. The payment can have been in the form of wages and/or commissions earned.
  2. Have attained a Benchmark Proficiency of 4 in French language ability, in accordance with the Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiene. You will need to have been tested by a recognized organization:
    • TEF Canada or TEF (if taken before March 1, 2020) administered by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • TCF Canada administered by France Education International

The required minimum scores for a Canadian Languages Benchmark of 4 in French for each of the above-mentioned tests are given in the following table:

                                         TEF Canada – test score equivalency chart
CLB Level Reading Writing Listening Speaking
4 121 – 150 181 – 225 145 – 180 181 – 225
                                         TCF Canada – test score equivalency chart
4 342 – 374 4 – 5 331 – 368 4 – 5


  1. Be residing in Canada with valid temporary status and be physically present in Canada when:
    • The application for permanent residency is received, AND
    • The application for permanent residency is approved.

7. Intend to reside in a province or territory OTHER than Quebec (remember Quebec has it’s own immigration authorities and this program is managed by Canadian federal immigration authorities and does NOT apply to the province of Quebec)

  1. Have submitted the appropriate forms and supporting documents required for this application – more information on this will become available over the next couple of weeks leading up to the start of this program on May 6, 2021.
  2. Submit the application online unless disabilities mean another method (like paper) is authorized
  3. Not be inadmissible to Canada

Eligibility for Accompanying Family Members Already in Canada

The In-Canada family member of a principal applicant must:

  1. be in Canada
  2. have been included as a family member by the principal applicant in their application
  3. meet the definition of a family member according to section 1(3) of IRPR which states:

(3) For the purposes of the Act, other than section 12 and paragraph 38(2)(d), and for the purposes of these Regulations, other than paragraph 7.1(3)(a) and sections 159.1 and 159.5, family member in respect of a person means

    • (a)the spouse or common-law partner of the person;
    • (b)a dependent child of the person or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; and
    • (c)a dependent child of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (b).
  1. not be inadmissible to Canada
  2. meet all the general requirements to be a permanent resident under this policy

Eligibility for Family Members Abroad

The family member (living abroad) of a principal applicant must:

  1. have been included as an accompanying family member by the principal applicant in their application
  2. meet the definition of a family member according to IRPR 1(3) as shown directly above
  3. not be inadmissible to Canada
  4. meet all other requirements to be a permanent resident under this policy

Exemptions from provisions of IRPR (Immigration & Refugee Protection Regulations) that may be granted to the family member abroad.

  • IRPR 10 (2)(c): the requirement to indicate the Class under which the application is made
  • IRPR 70 (1)(a): the requirement to apply for a permanent resident visa under the class referred to in IRPR 70 (2)
  • IRPR 70 (1)(c): the requirement to be a member of an immigration class
  • IRPR 70 (1)(d): the requirement to meet the selection criteria and other requirements of that immigration class

In other words, family members abroad will not be required to belong to any specific class of permanent resident applicants given their unique position of living abroad and being part of a temporary immigration program.


The fees due will be those associated with a standard permanent residence visa application:

  • Processing fees for the application and processing of the visa
  • Right of Permanent Resident Fees

Intake Cap

There will be NO INTAKE CAP. In other words, there is no fixed limited number of PR applications that IRCC will allow. If you meet the requirements and successfully apply, you (and family members who meet the requirements) will get their PR visa.

  • However, please keep in mind there is a limited time period – from May 6, 2021 to November 5, 2021 – so make sure you get your application in during that time frame. DO NOT count on an extension. There may be one, but at this point there is no indication of that. Apply during the given period to be safe.

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