July 12, 2021—Bathurst, New Brunswick—Immigration is essential to the vitality of Francophone communities across Canada, including New Brunswick’s Acadian communities. That’s why today, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Liane Roy, President of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne, visited Bathurst to invite French-speaking temporary residents in Canada to take advantage of the recently launched temporary pathway to permanent residence.
While this new pathway will make a difference across Canada, it is especially crucial for the future of Acadian and Francophone minority communities like Bathurst. It will help retain French teachers to address the shortage of French-language teachers in Canada. To support Canada’s objectives for Francophone immigration, the streams for French-speaking or bilingual candidates have no limit to the number of applications that can be received.
Until November 5, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept applications from French-speaking or bilingual candidates who intend to live outside of Quebec, under three streams for:
- temporary workers in health care
- temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
- international students who graduated from a Canadian institution
As we move past the pandemic and look forward to the future, immigration will remain critical to our economic recovery by ensuring we have the workers we need for our businesses to thrive, and create more jobs right across the country.
With an accelerated pathway to permanent residency, these targeted initiatives will encourage essential temporary workers and international graduates to put down roots in Canada and help us retain the talented workers we need, particularly in our hospitals and long-term care homes. In this way, we acknowledge the extraordinary service of so many essential workers during the pandemic, many of whom are newcomers and have played critical roles as we fight COVID-19.