LMIA Exemptions for French-speaking Foreign Workers Outside Quebec


Effective June 1, 2016, foreign francophone (French-speaking) workers  destined for locations outside the province of Quebec, may be able to secure Work Permits without the need for their employer to first secure a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This could be a great boon for both Canadian employers and the foreign workers they seek to hire.

The LMIA exemption, called the ‘Mobilité Francophone stream’ will apply to francophone workers who are in managerial, professional, or technical/skilled trades, who will be working in francophone-minority programs outside Quebec.

Full details are not yet available, and we will certainly provide them when released.


The information in this article is for general purposes only, and not intended as legal advice for any particular situation.

This post originally appeared on Kranc Associates. Copyright © 2016 Kranc Associates. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

About The Author

Benjamin A. Kranc Benjamin A. Kranc is senior principal of Kranc Associates, a leading Canadian corporate immigration law firm. He has many years of experience assisting clients in connection with Canadian immigration and business issues. Ben is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law. He is also on the ‘Who’s Who Legal’ list of foremost practitioners in Canadian corporate immigration, as well as rated as AV Preeminent® in a Martindale-Hubbell peer review. Ben has spoken at numerous conferences, seminars, and information sessions – both for professional organizations and private groups – about issues in Canadian immigration law, and has also taught immigration law at Seneca College in Toronto. In addition, Ben has written extensively. He is the author of a leading text on Canadian immigration law entitled “North American Relocation Law” (Thomson Reuters) and contributing immigration author to the “The Human Resources Advisor” (First Reference Books). Ben can be contacted at (416) 977-7500 ext. 226, or bkranc@kranclaw.com.

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