This stream targets French-Speaking skilled workers with strong English language abilities looking to establish themselves and settle in the province of Ontario.
To be considered under this stream, candidates must qualify for the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) federal Express Entry pool through either the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates may not apply directly to this stream. Instead, they must first receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the OINP based on their Express Entry profile.
The OINP searches the Express Entry pool and identifies potential candidates who meet the criteria of Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (see below).
Candidates identified by the OINP will receive an NOI, which will invite them to apply to the OINP for nomination under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. From this point, selected candidates have 45 calendar days to apply to the OINP under this stream. If their application is approved, candidates will be notified of their nomination by the OINP, which they can accept and use to apply to IRCC for permanent residence.
This page will provide details on the following topics:
- Minimum Eligibility Requirements
- Additional Criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Additional Criteria for the Canadian Experience Class
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible under the Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, candidates must:
- Demonstrate sufficient language ability in all four components (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) in both French and English;
- These levels are Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in French and CLB 6 in English.
- Language test results must come from one of the following designated testing agencies:
- IELTS (General Training Test only) for English;
- CELPIP (General test only) for English; or
- TEF for French;
- Have a minimum level of work experience;
- Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) criteria must have at least one year of continuous and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B occupation in the five years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.
- Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) criteria must have at least one year of cumulative and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a NOC 0, A, or B occupation in Canada in the three years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.
- Have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization indicating that their foreign education is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree;
- Intend to reside in Ontario, as demonstrated by a statement of intent and indication of ties to Ontario; and
- Possess sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario. This must be supported by bank statements.
The required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed below for each family size.
|Number of family members||Funds required|
|7 or more||$33,013|
Requirements for settlement funds are updated annually.
Additional Criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Program
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements listed above, candidates applying to the Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream through the FSWP must score at least 67 out of 100 points based on the IRCC's six selection factors: English and/or French skills, education, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada, and adaptability.
Candidates should note that the OINP will only consider arranged employment in Ontario. Arranged employment in any province other than Ontario would contradict the candidate's statement of intent to reside in Ontario and result in a denial of the application to the OINP.
|English and/or French skills||Maximum 28 points|
|Education||Maximum 25 points|
|Work experience||Maximum 15 points|
|Age||Maximum 12 points|
|Arranged employment in Canada||Maximum 10 points|
|Adaptability||Maximum 10 points|
|Total||Maximum 100 points|
|Pass Mark||67 points|
Factor 1: English and/or French Skills
|CLB level 9 or higher||6||6||6||6|
|CLB level 8||5||5||5||5|
|CLB level 7||4||4||4||4|
|Below CLB level 7||Not eligible to apply|
Factor 2: Education
|University-level credential at the Doctoral (PhD) level, or equivalent||25|
University-level credential at the Master’s level, or equivalent, OR an entry-to-practice professional degree, or equivalent
Occupation related to the degree must be:
|Two or more Canadian post-secondary credentials (at least one must be for a program of at least three years), or equivalent||22|
|Canadian post-secondary credential for a program of three years or longer, or equivalent||21|
|Two-year Canadian post-secondary credential, or equivalent||19|
|One-year Canadian post-secondary credential, or equivalent||15|
|Canadian high school diploma, or equivalent||5|
Factor 3: Work Experience
|Less than 1 year||Ineligible|
|6 or more years||15|
Factor 4: Age
|Under 18 years||0|
|47 years and older||0|
Factor 5: Arranged Employment in Canada
Note: For the purposes of application to the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, OINP will only consider arranged employment in Ontario.
|You currently work in Canada on a temporary work permit.||
Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a work permit when your visa is issued),
IRCC issued your work permit based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Service Canada. Your employer would have applied for the LMIA, which you then had to attach to your application,
You are working for an employer named on your work permit who has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the LMIA requirement under:
Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a permit when your visa is issued),
Your current employer has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
You currently do not:
You are currently working in Canada and a different employer has offered to give you a permanent full-time job,
You are currently working in Canada in a job that is exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment, but not under an international or federal-provincial agreement,
An employer has made you a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker,
The employer has a positive LMIA from Service Canada.
Factor 6: Adaptability
Additional Criteria for the Canadian Experience Class
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements listed above, candidates applying to the Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream through the CEC must:
- Have at least 12 months of full-time, or part-time equivalent, cumulative paid work experience in Canada in a NOC level 0, A, or B occupation in the three years prior to applying;
- Meet the minimum language level of CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR CLB 5 for NOC B jobs.
- Note: The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream requires ALL applicants to have language level of CLB 7 in French and CLB 6 in English regardless of occupation.
- Plan to live outside the province of Quebec; and
- Note: planning to live outside of Ontario can be deemed to contradict the candidate's statement of intent to reside in Ontario. This can result in the refusal of his or her application to the OINP.
- Be admissible to Canada.