May 10, 2019
How BC tourism & hospitality employers can tap into LMIA-exempt French & bilingual talent abroad.
Struggling to hire local service supervisors, managers or other specialized service occupations (e.g. Chefs, Cooks, Bakers, Executive Housekeepers, F&B Supervisors, F&B Managers, etc.)? If so, the Mobilité Francophone stream of the International Mobility program may be of interest to you.
On June 1st 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented the Mobilité Francophone stream to facilitate procedures for Canadian employers to hire skilled French-speaking or bilingual workers for positions in any province or territory outside of Quebec, even if French or other languages are not a requirement for the position.
This Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt stream applies only to skilled positions within specific National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes and removes the obligation for employers to obtain a positive LMIA, usually required to hire temporary foreign workers.
If you are interested in recruiting international candidates through Mobilité Francophone, here are two ways to get started:
Virtual Job Fair – June/July 2019
In collaboration with Pôle emploi mobilité internationale, France’s public employment service specialized in international mobility, the Embassy of Canada in France is pleased to extend to Canadian employers this invitation to participate in a Virtual Job Fair in June/July 2019.
The Fair will be promoted to potential candidates at Forum Expat in Paris on June 12 and 13, at our Mobility Days in Lyon on June 15 and in Toulouse on June 16 as well through targeted social media outreach. Pôle emploi will also promote the event through its communication channels.
Please note that there is no fee for employers or candidates to participate.
Timeline and How to Participate:
- May 28: Online Employer Webinar
- Attend this webinar for a demonstration of the virtual fair platform and Q&A session about the fair.
- French Session: 9:00 am (EDT)
- English Session: 11:00 am (EDT)
- To register: Email your name, title and company name to firstname.lastname@example.org with EMPLOYER WEBINAR in the subject. Additional information will be emailed directly to you.
- June 4: Deadline to submit the Virtual Job Fair Employer Application Form, along with your logo and other materials for your online booth
- As soon as your participation is confirmed, a Pôle emploi counsellor will communicate with you and will be your contact person throughout the fair. He/she will create your online booth and publish your job offers.
- You will receive an email with your identifier, password and the weblink to connect to the job fair platform.
- Before the start of the fair, you must indicate on the platform the dates and times you are available to interview candidates.
- June 15: Virtual Job Fair opens for candidates to view positions and register
- June 15-30: Pôle emploi preselects candidates for your positions. Preselected candidates choose an available time slot for their interview. You can view their resumes on the Virtual Job Fair platform.
- July 1-5: Employer interviews – online, by phone or by chat via the virtual fair platform.
- July 5-9: Employers record results on the Virtual Job Fair platform. If further interviews are done with candidates, you follow up with Pôle emploi concerning the final recruitment.
Mobilité Francophone makes it easier for you to recruit francophone and bilingual talent abroad
Mobilité francophone is the stream which exempts Canadian employers from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process when they hire francophone workers in managerial, professional and technical/skilled trades occupations from abroad to work outside Québec. Use of French does not have to be a requirement of the job. The Mobilité francophone stream means that French-speaking candidates can apply quickly and simply for temporary work permits, once you have submitted a job offer for them. Details about Mobilité francophone are in the attached bilingual information sheet.
Francophone and bilingual Express Entry candidates obtain additional points
French-speaking candidates have an even better chance of becoming permanent residents of Canada with recent changes to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Express Entry candidates with strong French language skills are awarded 15 additional points in the CRS. Those who also have good English language skills obtain 30 additional points. Also, Express Entry candidates holding an LMIA-exempt work permit in the Mobilité francophone stream obtain points for a job offer from the same employer.
Please note that employers who participated in the virtual job fair for the teaching profession in April need not register for the fair in June.
Questions? Please contact our HR team at email@example.com.