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French-speaking skilled workers get an Express Entry boost in Ontario

Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream represents an excellent opportunity for bilingual immigrants to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman.

Ontario paused most of its Provincial Nominee Program streams last May to prevent backlogs growing any bigger after filling their annual quota for 2016. However, the French-speaking stream remained open, and in January the province announced that it will process applications online as part of its efforts to meet its target of five per cent Francophone immigration.

“This is a very good move, and a great opportunity for anyone who speaks French and English,” Seligman tells

Peter Baraian